Magazine article University Business

Emergency Apartment for Homeless Students at Kennesaw State

Magazine article University Business

Emergency Apartment for Homeless Students at Kennesaw State

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By the end of August, two students had already lived in an emergency-housing apartment dedicated to the homeless at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta. And the unit, one of the first of its kind in the country, had opened only two weeks earlier, says Marcy Stidum, coordinator of the university's Campus, Awareness, Resource and Empowerment Center (CARE), for students who are homeless or aging out of foster care.

"It's a growing trend--students are coming to our universities and technical schools trying to break the cycle of poverty, but are not aware of rising costs of education and how financial aid is decreasing," says Stidum. "So they makes choices--they'll opt out of a meal plan or they'll opt out of housing and sleep in their cars."

CARE is not supported financially by the university. Stidum won a $25,000 grant to create the handicap-accessible, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in a university residence hall. The exact location is kept secret so no one knows the student staying in the apartment is homeless.

It has only one bedroom to prevent any issues arising over gender or sexual preference. …

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