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The New York Times' Features LaGuardia Student & Struggles with Homelessness Among College Students


Long Island City, NY (April 2017)—LaGuardia Community College is mentioned in two articles in the New York Times’ April 9, 2017 Education Life section. The first features a LaGuardia student, Preston Roberson-Charles, who lived in New York City’s shelter system for two years while going to school. The second reports on the pervasive issues of poverty, homelessness, and housing insecurity among U.S. college students.


These and other New York Times articles that have featured LaGuardia Community College can be found on the LaGuardia in The Times webpage.


A Journey From ‘Real World’ to Homeless Shelter — and College

Preston Roberson-Charles is studying economics at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. Well spoken and charming, he wears gray Warby Parker glasses and keeps his jeans fashionably rolled at the ankle. Not exactly the stereotype of a homeless person. But for two years, until last December, he lived in New York City’s shelter system, hostels and on friends’ couches.

Read full article: A Journey From ‘Real World’ to Homeless Shelter — and College


Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

It’s difficult to know exactly how many students are homeless, or are dangling dangerously close to it, in part because of the enormous stigma surrounding the issue. But new research shows how pervasive a problem it is — and one that some educators believe is growing… when a student ends up homeless, it can be exceedingly difficult to stay in school and thus break the cycle of poverty… The average family income of students at LaGuardia Community College, part of the City University of New York, is $26,000, according to Gail O. Mellow, its president, who says that helping students navigate the issues surrounding such poverty is central to keeping them in school. At LaGuardia, students have access to a food pantry and help applying for public benefits like food stamps, among other services. “We’re not a social service agency; we want to educate students,” Dr. [Gail O.] Mellow, [president of LaGuardia Community College] said. “But in order to do that, they can’t be hungry and they can’t be homeless.”

Read full article: Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness


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