Michigan: Home For The Holidays, In A Dorm Room

"This time next week, most college students will be wrapping up their final exams and getting ready for winter break. They’ll pack up their bags and head home for the holidays," Michigan Radio reports.

"Trudy Greer, a 22-year-old sophomore at [Eastern Michigan University]... has been in and out of foster care, and she considers herself 'homeless.' Greer says she always feels like she has to hustle for everything – clothes, food, money – and the holidays are a stark reminder of just how alone she often feels. ...

Greer will probably spend a few days over the holiday at her old foster home, a few days with her godmother, whom she still keeps in touch with, and a few days alone in her residence hall. ...

'We as a nation are a far ways away from making sure that students who are homeless and trying to get through college have the support they need ... in terms of basic needs like food and housing,' says [Barbara Duffield, policy director for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth]. ...

Duffield says if students don't get the housing support they need, they'll be more likely to drop out. And if they drop out and don't earn a college degree, their chances of getting off the streets and climbing out of poverty will be that much harder.'"

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Publication Date: 12/11/2014

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