Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH)
The Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH) pilot program aims to assist students experiencing homelessness, are at risk for homelessness, and/or who were in the foster care system when they graduated high school. It was established in 2019 when the Washington Legislature passed Second Substitute Senate Bill (2SSB) 5800 concerning homeless college students, followed by an expansion in 2021 with Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1166.
|Housing: Emergency, short-term, long-term and homelessness prevention funding|
|Case Management: Referrals to campus and community resources|
|Technology Support: Access to computers, internet devices and/or support with internet access fees|
|Transportation: Bus passes, vehicle repairs and funds for fuel|
|Books and class supplies|
|Non-tuition fees and fines|
|Child and health-related expenses|
|Additional Support: Access to showers , hygiene kits, laundry facilities, clothing and mailstop|
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Current student: Any currently enrolled student at YVC is eligible. This includes those in College and Career Readiness (CCR) and in Running Start.
- Experiencing homelessness: This includes students “couch surfing”; those in shared housing (doubling up), hotels, motels, camping grounds and emergency or transitional shelters; those staying in public or private places not designed for humans to live; and those living in cars, parks, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings or substandard housing.
- At risk of homelessness: This includes students behind on rent/mortgage payments and those with eviction notices.
- (Optional) Formerly in foster care: Students who were in the foster care system when they graduated high school are automatically eligible.
Please Note: Enrollment in SSEH is based on eligibility and availability of funds. Students must re-apply each quarter.