NLC is launching a new Community of Practice (CoP) for 12 selected city teams to help cities work in partnership with their postsecondary institutions and community partners to remove barriers to basic needs such as food, housing, childcare, mental health services, transportation, or digital access for postsecondary students. Unmet basic needs often derail students’ efforts to attain postsecondary credentials, which negatively impacts their ability to succeed in the workforce.  

The current COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the inequities many college students experience as they are forced to remain ore return home to ensure they and their families are safe, and some may have no home at all. The CoP will help city leaders gain knowledge about their resident’s postsecondary completion challenges, identify a basic need to tackle, and connect with peers to share and refine approaches that hold promise in overcoming barriers to college completion. This initiative is rooted in goals to increase equity for low-income students and students of color and to position postsecondary completion as a strategy to increase pathways out of poverty. 

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE and submit by AUGUST 28, 2020 to Michael Bartlett at 

Goals for Participating Cities:

  • Develop Greater Awareness Regarding the Basic Needs Gaps of your City’s Postsecondary Students;
  • Develop Vison, Goals and Action Plans; 
  • Engage Key Partners to Achieve Desired Results; 
  • Use Data to Inform Practice;
  • Build Rapport and Learn from Cities Tackling Similar Issues;
  • Document and Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned; 
  • Solve a Locally-Defined Problem Regarding Basic Needs; and
  • Become a Champion and Voice for Municipal Leadership to Address Postsecondary Basic Needs.