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Giving Compass' Take:
• A growing trend amongst colleges and universities is to create more permanent solutions, often in collaboration with local housing authorities and nonprofit partners, to help students that are homeless or suffering from hunger.
• The College Housing Assistance Program in Washington State is providing vouchers for subsidized rent to 150 students. What are other state colleges and universities doing to help their students?
• Learn about student homelessness hitting an all time high.
Four years ago, Dorothy Gorder was living under the I-5 bridge in downtown Seattle. Addicted to meth and heroin, she lived in makeshift shelters fashioned out of cardboard boxes and pallets, draping clothing to block out the wind. Her car had been stolen.
Gorder left behind a son in Montana, who was living with his grandmother. A daughter to whom she'd given birth while homeless was taken away and adopted by a foster family. Then she got pregnant again, with another son, and resolved to turn things around.
Now Gorder is on track to earn an associate's degree in June in the high-demand field of logistics. She also has a place to live: a two-bedroom apartment in Tacoma, Washington.
Read the full article on colleges trying to house and feed homeless students by Charlotte West at Pacific Standard.