Red Rocks Community College is partnering with The Action Center, a nonprofit service organization, to establish a shelter for degree-seeking students. Nearly 20 percent of students surveyed at four Denver-area colleges report that they experienced homelessness in the past year. Many students say tuition costs, which have increased 52 percent at Colorado’s two-year institutions in the past decade, play a large role in housing instability. “There are people navigating homelessness… to pursue a degree because they know it will improve their lives. It would be a mistake not to support and empower them,” said Christy Baker-Smith, managing director for Temple University’s Hope Center.