Thanks to grants from the Beacon Foundation and the American Opportunity Foundation, CARE Services has been afforded the opportunity to provide temporary housing within KSU’s campus housing.
The apartments are dedicated to serve as emergency/temporary housing for up to 14 days while the students work with CARE to locate and secure a long-term housing solution. In cases where all beds are occupied the CARE case management team will work with other students on locating shelter options and/or determining the feasibility of CARE securing a local hotel room temporally on their behalf. This determination is largely, but not exclusively, based on the availability of funding, as the services provided by CARE are funded solely on the basis of donations.
Students who occupy the room are required to sign and accept the provisions of the Visiting Student Housing Agreement, which supplements the KSU Residence Life Housing agreement. 48-hours prior to the end of a student’s stay the CARE Services Director or their designee will review and determine if the stay can be extended. An extension will be based on the viability of securing long-term housing within an additional 14-day cycle, as well as upon the student’s noticeable commitment to continually working with the CARE Services case management team to seek and utilize campus and area resources. If awarded an extension, the student will need to complete an additional Visiting Student Housing Agreement for that 14-day cycle.
Lastly, students are considered on a first come, first serve basis using but not limited to the following guidelines:
- Students who are:
- currently enrolled and sitting in classes
- actively and consistently working with a CARE Services Case Manager
- Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who is existing in an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and those who have resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution;
- Individuals and families who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence and have proof of an eviction notice;
- Unaccompanied individual and families defined as homeless based upon the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento Act defines homelessness as:
- Sharing the housing of other persons dude to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (also referred to “doubled up” or “couch surfing”)
- Living in substandard housing such as, motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Abandoned in hospitals
- Awaiting stable foster care placement or;
- Individuals and families who are fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member.