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QCC Participates in State-Wide Plan to End Youth Homelessness

Contact: Karen Hutner
Office of Institutional Communications
khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu
 

WORCESTER, MA— January 31, 2019— In Massachusetts, it is estimated that there are at least 1,800 young adults every year who experience homelessness. Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced at Framingham State University a comprehensive state-wide plan to end youth homelessness in the Commonwealth. The plan will deliver funding to 10 community partners throughout the state, in addition to the Massachusetts Student Housing Security Pilot to provide dorm rooms to homeless students attending community college, through partnerships with state universities. One of those partnerships includes Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University.

The housing pilot was launched at four campuses earlier this month and each four-year institution will make up to five beds available for students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. According to QCC President Dr. Luis G Pedraja, three QCC students who are either homeless or experiencing housing insecurity will be part of this initial program.                                                                         

“It is truly gratifying to see our state step up and address an issue that impacts so many of our youth today,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “Education is the key to self-sufficiency and having a stable place to live and adequate nourishment will allow students to focus on their education and help change their lives.”

Campuses will be reimbursed by the state for the cost of the dorm bed occupancy for an 18-month period for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 through fiscal year 2020, including all summer and semester breaks. Campuses will cover the cost of providing meals and snacks for students, with support from local service providers where available.

“Our Administration has taken a targeted approach to addressing homelessness across the Commonwealth over the last several years, and this pilot program serves as another important tool,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working with our community colleges and state universities to implement this program to give students a stable place to live so they can thrive academically and have access to the necessary supports in their own communities that will help them continue their path to self-sufficiency.”

Prior to the Governor’s announcement he spoke with some students who are currently experiencing homelessness.

“The Governor and Lt. Governor were very moved by the five students they spoke with today. You could see it in their faces the importance of addressing homelessness in the Commonwealth. It was truly inspiring,” said QCC Dean of Students Theresa Vecchio.

For more information about QCC, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508.854.7513 or jmartin [at] qcc.mass.edu

Release Date: 
1/31/2019

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