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The Oak Leaf

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The Oak Leaf

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Dakota McGranahan
A new neighborhood is underway near Piner road in a county-wide effort to combat the houisng shortage, which skyrocketed after the Tubbs fire in 2017.

Santa Rosa Junior College has announced plans to build student housing on the Santa Rosa campus by fall 2022.

In August 2017, SRJC established a housing work force to discuss options for providing affordable housing to students.

In October 2017, many students and faculty lost their homes in the Tubbs fire, which intensified the demand for housing. As a result, SRJC expedited the project.

SRJC contacted Scion in the spring to assist in advising the college on the decision. Scion, an advisory expert in campus housing, conducted a housing feasibility study to gauge the need of on-campus housing. Of the students surveyed, Scion’s initial research showed that 7 percent planned to leave SRJC and 30 percent were considering leaving, due to cost of housing.

In October 2018, Scion’s report concluded there is sufficient demand for SRJC to provide 350 beds to students on the Santa Rosa campus.

SRJC President Frank Chong believes the college can be an example for the community in providing affordable housing.

“Students can’t focus on their studies when they don’t know how to afford their rent,” Chong said. “My hope is to provide students with affordable housing options, so they can achieve their educational goals.”

On Dec. 11, SRJC will ask the Board of Trustees to approve a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) of selecting a P3 vendor, which will begin the Request for Proposal (RFP) in the spring. A P3 vendor is public/private partnership funding model. SRJC would collaborate with a development firm to build and manage the student housing on district-owned land.

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Dakota McGranahan, Co-Features Editor
Dakota McGranahan is the Co-Features editor this Fall 2019 semester at the Oak Leaf.

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    Austyn RebichApr 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I have been a student at the SRJC for quite a few years now and have lived in Sonoma County 31 years. I was recently married right before my 30th birthday. I attend the JC because tuition is just too expensive at a 4 year college. After the 2 years of bad fires that raged Californian I had lost my job and my husband struggles to keep employment. We already have trouble paying bills and for School. With the rising cost of living and still not even making a livable wage I see many of my friends, family members and student peers being forced to move out of county and or states altogether due to the inability to afford anything in the county and state anymore. My question to the School and the county is: What do you plan to do for the majority of your students whom attend the college do to its convenience and prices for your younger generational family’s that are just trying to support their family’s and gain an education? Why should housing be provided to students who may already have support and help, why not make housing for the young families and newly married students just trying to stay a float in this vastly gentrifying community.

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