Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Kristen B. Crossney PhD

Committee Member

Kathleen Howley D.Ed.

Committee Member

Mia Ocean PhD


College campuses have been creating targeted support programs in the last decade to assist students coming from at-risk backgrounds including those who are homeless. Although research has begun to look at the impact these programs are having on the students they serve, little research has been done on how outside support has influenced the development and construct of these programs. My research addresses this gap in prior works via an exploratory study of how the existence of statewide supports, including the formation of networks, within three different cases impact colleges’ ability to build support programs. As part of a case study analysis three different states Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, were reviewed in order to measure levels of support being provided to colleges and then administrators from a selection of those colleges were interviewed to determine the level of impact these supports are having on the services provided to homeless students. Findings in this report conclude there is a mismatch in institutional services, those being served, and the level of support being received from states. The conclusion of this report includes recommendations at the institutional, state, and federal levels.