Megan Job used to live on Middlebury College’s campus in Vermont, but she had to leave after the school closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. She’s now staying in an Airbnb in Brooklyn, where she’s from, that one of her former teachers paid for.
“When the news came out, I knew I was going to need to find a place to live,” the 21-year-old told VICE News.
As someone who’s experienced homelessness throughout her life, Megan didn’t know where she’d go after her university shut down. An estimated 14% of four-year college students are homeless, and another 60% are considered housing insecure, according to a study by The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, a research center focused on education and social policies. So when campuses closed to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, many of these students were left trying to find a place to live.