Housing insecurity among college students is an issue that's been highlighted in recent years. Unfortunately, COVID-19 popped up before we could make a serious impact in eradicating it and has made it urgent, now more than ever. Campuses across the country, and right here in Chicago, have closed up and asked their students to leave the dorms. This is devastating for the tens of thousands of students in Chicago, who rely on student housing and have nowhere else to (safely) call home. Some might be trying to avoid returning to an abusive household, while others have famililes, who are simply too financially strapped to provide support. The reasons vary, but the result is the same. These students do not have a place to live at a time when we're being told to #stayhome.
There's good news, though. There IS something you can do to help. Care For Friends is partnering with the DePaul USA's DAX program to find emergency host families for students stranded without a reliable housing solution.
Please fill out the form on our website to learn more about how you can become an emergency host family in a safe and secure way. Please contact Emily Edwards, the Chicago Program Director for Depaul USA's Dax Program, with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org or (615)418-8800.
You won't just be a host. You'll be a hero by supporting our community's vulnerable at this most critical time. Chicago is a city of vast resources. We can ensure our youth are not without support.