San Francisco State University Project Rebound mural, “Incarceration to Liberation / De la Encarcelación a la Liberación," created in 2018 by muralista maestra (mural master) Juana Alicia and her True Colors Mural Project. Photo courtesy of Jason Bell, Director of Program Development for Project Rebound CSU Consortium.
Project Rebound at CSU Northridge (CSUN) works to outreach and support formerly incarcerated people enroll and succeed at CSUN. When we launched in Fall 2020, we started with five students. We are now working with 31 (and growing). We offer guidance on applying and enrolling at CSUN and once on campus, we provide a community of support made up of campus and community partners that helps students navigate this space in order to meet their personal and academic goals.
STUDENT HOUSING INSECURITY
A major obstacle for many students is meeting basic needs. Within the CSU, one out of ten students face some form of housing insecurity. For formerly incarcerated people, their situation is worsened as histories of criminal records, gaps in employment, lack of credit histories, loss of family and community connections, among other issues, add barriers to housing. At CSUN, we have formerly incarcerated students who have been denied rentals because of their records, some living in extremely overcrowded spaces that are not conducive to learning, and single parents whose mental health is significantly impacted due to the stress created by the cost of living.
PR CSUN team members with Jason Bell on December 7, 2021.Photo courtesy of Jason Bell.
BUILDING HEALTHY AND SAFE COMMUNITIES
Project Rebound is deeply committed to supporting our students, so we are raising funds to address their housing insecurity using multiple approaches. Following the model from Project Rebound at CSU Fullerton, a major component of these efforts is to secure a home to provide housing to some of the most vulnerable students and create a space for healing and community building. Another component is establishing an emergency rent support program for when urgent situations arise.
Donate today and be part of an effort to build healthy and safe communities that we all deserve!