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Housing Insecurity Creates Barriers

Oregon’s college students are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity at all-time highs with some local colleges seeing homelessness amongst students up to 20%. According to a recent #RealCollegeSurvey of 17 Oregon colleges, 41% said they had been food insecure during the previous month while 52% were housing insecure. The ARCS program collaboration seeks to make a direct impact on these problems by providing subsidized housing, low barriers to entry, and a highly supportive environment focused on supporting student success.

A Program
Creating Stability

ARCS (Affordable Rents for College Students) is a program in collaboration with Portland Community College, Portland State University, New Avenues for Youth, Native American Youth and Family Center, and College Housing Northwest that provides housing with rental assistance to students experiencing homelessness and/or housing insecurity.

Objectives Driven By
Holistic Data

The ARCS program seeks to provide homeless or housing-insecure students with stable, affordable housing in order to help them succeed in college. Based on data from a similar program — Tacoma Housing Authority’s College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) — the ARCS program aims to (1) increase graduation rates among participants by 20-30%, and (2) increase participant GPA by a minimum of 0.25.


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Low Barriers

As well as subsidizing the cost of housing, the ARCS program seeks to reduce some of the most challenging roadblocks students often experience when securing housing.

  • Waiving Deposits & Application Fees
  • Providing Free WiFi
  • Lowering Utilities Costs
  • Not Requiring Guarantors

Initial Funding

College Housing Northwest is contributing $75,000 as part of the ARCS program pilot to provide a 50% rent subsidy for up to 20 students for the pilot period. This 50% subsidy is applied to CHNW’s existing rental rates, which are, on average, 15% below market. This initial funding is intended to demonstrate the extent of the need as well as the efficacy of the program’s approach.


The ARCS program is seeking funding to assure sustainable, ongoing rent subsidies are available to Portland metro area students who are experiencing housing as a critical barrier to their higher educational success.


Per Student / Year For Housing

$10,000 is the estimated annual investment needed to provide stable, affordable housing for one year for a student experiencing homelessness or
housing insecurity in Portland.

On average, an arcs funded
college graduate will…

  • Save $35,000 in housing debt
  • Contribute $381,000 more in taxes
  • Earn $1 million more over their lifetime
  • Contribute 3.5x more to charities

Lost In the shuffle

Read more about the growing need to support college students through investments in affordable housing.


Read articles featuring ARCS in the media


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