The Plight of Student Families at Berkeley

UC VillageUC Village, also called University Village, is a housing community owned and administered by UC Berkeley. It is designed to provide affordable housing for student families, and it is home to many graduate students with dependents.

This summer the UC Village Residents’ Association asked the union to help distribute a survey to its residents to determine how student families are faring economically. The results of this survey have just been published, and they’re pretty shocking.

46% of the families survey rely on food assistance programs to get by.

39% of the families survive on less than $20,000 a year when the cost of living for a single parent, only child family in Alameda County is $48,288.

77% of respondents feel they do not earn enough to support their family.

Read the full survey here: http://www.ucberkeleyvra.org/uploads/1/4/9/6/14961714/survey_report-aug.pdf

Statistics like these are the reason our union is demanding that our new contract provide wages that match the cost of living, affordable student housing, better childcare subsidies and  dependent healthcare!

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