What you need to know about room share for students
Los Angeles, California – January 16, 2018– A new survey shows that more than half of the students at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are considering a room share option.
The survey was conducted by the L.A. County Department of Education and was conducted online with 1,000 students and was completed by November 21.
The data shows that the majority of students, including students in grades six through 12, are considering room share at least once in the next year, but this is not necessarily because they are going to move out.
According to the survey, the majority (57%) of students said they are considering using a room sharing service for their next year of schooling.
The most common reasons students cited to choose a roomshare were because of the cost, availability and affordability.
The majority of parents, students, and parents of students (70%) also said that students would benefit from having a room that would be shared.
“As parents, we are always looking for ways to make our families and students more connected and connected to each other,” said LAUSD Board of Education President Marlene Goyder in a press release.
“We want our students to have an easy, fun, and convenient way to spend time with family and friends in a safe, secure, and fun environment.
In addition, the new survey results highlight the importance of a quality education that allows all students to thrive.”
The survey also showed that students are concerned about the availability of affordable housing, and that the number of students living in rental apartments in Los Angeles is significantly higher than that of students at charter schools.
The L.D.A.’s rental housing crisis, which started with the closure of more than 1,800 rental apartments during the 2016 school year, has been the focus of public education leaders and the city’s charter schools since the school year began.
The city is working with L.E.K.A., a nonprofit housing service provider, to build affordable housing for students in Los Angles.
In September, the city announced that it will provide $10 million in grants to L.L.A.-based affordable housing providers to help them build affordable apartments for students.
The funding will be used to build a 100,000-square-foot, one-bedroom rental apartment for students to rent for one year.
LAUSD is also partnering with a number of charter schools to offer housing for the homeless.
The Los Angeles Public Schools’ Office of Student Housing announced in December that the district will begin providing housing for homeless students on a voluntary basis starting in 2018.
“The new L.C.D.’s survey shows the need for more housing options for students and families who are homeless, and LAUSD has made housing options a priority,” said Goyden in a statement.
“This study further demonstrates that students need more options for housing than what is currently available, which means more room share options for our students, teachers, staff, and the community.”
Students also expressed concerns about the safety of the campus environment.
Almost half of students stated that they are concerned that the campus would be unsafe for students of color.
More than half said they would be uncomfortable using the bathroom, and almost half said that they would feel uncomfortable walking around campus.
About one in five students (19%) said that the school is currently experiencing a lot of noise, and nearly one in four students (21%) said they had to ask someone to move them to avoid getting hurt.
Students also said they believe the city should spend more resources on the district’s student housing and schools.
“LAUSD needs to invest in the infrastructure of our schools to ensure that students, faculty, staff and parents feel safe and secure,” said Kamiyah Harris, an LAUSD teacher.
“Instead, they seem to be prioritizing money on a number other priorities.
The lack of affordable, safe housing options has made students more hesitant to apply for a student loan.
Students in L.W. have had to borrow $8,000 to live on campus.
We cannot afford to put that much money into our schools without a real plan on how we will finance these new and affordable student housing options.”
The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce has also voiced concerns about funding for LAUSD’s student rental housing.
“Our schools are not doing a good enough job providing students and parents with quality, affordable housing options.
This is a major concern for our city,” said Bill Wetherill, CEO of the LA Chamber of Business.
“In addition to the issues of safety and affordability, LAUSD schools are already underfunded by about $6 million a year.
In the meantime, many students and their families are still struggling to make ends meet and struggle to find housing options that are affordable for their needs.”
“LA needs to take the next step and provide students with the same affordable, community-based options that we already have,” said Wetheril.
“Los Angeles needs to create a new model