Across the U.S., about one-third of community college students go hungry and 14% are homeless, according to 2017 national survey by the University of Wisconsin of more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges.
Over the past year, PHA was able to award $16,000 in scholarships to assist 24 Edmonds CC students with housing expenses, including monthly rent, move-in fees/deposits, and hotel costs.
“We were able to keep these students in a home and make sure they continued their education and career dreams,” said Luke Botzheim, director of Edmonds CC Housing.
To meet the increasing need for scholarships, PHA will be hosting a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, with Swizzle and the Skid Rogues, and emceed by Vince Valenzuela in the college’s Black Box Theatre. A silent auction will also be held.
The club has set a fundraising goal of $20,000, and a local bank has already stepped up to help the club meet its goal. HomeStreet Bank will donate $5,000 to PHA and has also provided funding for the entertainment and emcee.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to blackboxedcc.org.
Sponsors include: HomeStreet Bank, Bridges International, Edmonds CC Athletics, Edmonds CC Foundation, Edmonds CC Housing Office. Donors to the silent auction include: OBED Galleries and Allan Carandang.
For directions and a campus map, go to edcc.edu/campus.