After receiving orders from their institutions to the exit campus, students who are homeless safe conditions are organizing to demand colleges and universities provide more emergency housing during coronavirus pandemic.

The institutions that have closed down residences are offering limited housing if students face "extenuating circumstances" or "have no choice," said announcements from Harvard University and Pomona College, both students tells them to leave. But in Pomona, a residential private liberal arts college in Southern California, students said less than half of those who asked to remain on campus have been approved, leaving the remaining students struggling to find places to stay for the rest of the spring semester - - or refusing to leave

students have resorted to "protest action based on zoom" virtual organizing, demands writing, fundraising and express discontent to administrators about what they see as the failure to protect the welfare Pomona. vulnerable students. This includes students who are homeless, who have homes violent or immunocompromised families and students worry that they may face more serious COVID-19 outbreaks in their home countries or cities, according to a spokesman for Occupy Pomona, one coalition of students who asked to remain on campus.

Pomona professes to be a different institution, supported by first-generation and low-income, or FLI, students, but those same students do not feel "welcome or wanted" more, said Marie Tano, a young man from Atlanta, who was denied emergency housing. Tano is based on medical care program in California and sees doctors and psychiatrists in the area of ​​Claremont, Pomona is located, for a heart condition and repeated hernias. Tano's health makes it vulnerable to COVID-19, which can not afford to treat at home, she said.

"All you really need to thrive is here," Tano said. "My father can not afford to pay thousands of dollars to support me ... We are a family of low-income, low-income status of my life."

Pomona students said no emergency housing provisions must be out of residences for today, but has said that Occupy Pomona refuse to leave. Gabrielle G. Starr, president of Pomona, students verbally promised would not be evicted by force after the deadline, but she has not said whether students will be fined to stay in accommodation on campus, according to Occupy count negotiations with administrators of Pomona on Monday.

The University will provide prorated lodging and food reimbursement to all students who turn away from the campus, but the "current level of population on our campus is simply untenable under the requirements of public health during this crisis" Patricia vest, a spokeswoman for the university said in a written statement. The university does not have a final number of students who will be remaining on campus, but is "working continuously to help students move off campus to meet urgent public health needs," he said.

"Our actions are motivated by the need to protect the health and safety of our entire university community: students, staff and faculty," said Vest. "We are not prepared to support a population on campus face a pandemic of this nature."

Pomona has adopted a "comprehensive approach" in reviewing student applications for housing during the pandemic, and circumstances such was considered the family structure, finance, immigration issues and geographical distance, Avis Hinkson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said in a written statement.

"was and is a very difficult decision process had to be done in a very short time with rapidly diminishing ability to travel decisions," said Hinkson.

acceptance of some housing requests and rejecting others Pomona has become a "Olympics of oppression," as the university seems to be saying some students que'debe be in need more extreme possible in order to get help, "said a student who was FLI 2018 and has pledged to host a student during the closure of the campus. circumstances home some of the students who put in more immediate danger than the threat of coronavirus, said the student.

'It is important to know that there is no history student monolithic' said the student, who do not want to be identified because he fears repercussions at work. "There has to be a student from a low-income household. It could be a student who comes from a family of high income that is abusive. If doing ignore these complexities is dangerous. "

Las'deficiencias'en emergency plans coronavirus schools are representative of gaps in institutional policy when FLI students are not involved in decisions, said Chris Sinclair, executive director of external affairs for the first generation-low-income society, or National FLIP, an advocacy group profit for FLI students. college students and affluent middle class can afford to be uprooted from campus and move online to finish the semester, Sinclair said. But FLI students face a number of obstacles.

"To be fair to the institutions, this is an unprecedented situation ... We are not criticizing the decision to do what is in the best interest of public health," Sinclair said. "What we are doing is asking institutions to think about what they are doing. It is a different thing to think about how decisions affect students in general and the most vulnerable students. "

request Princeton

A coalition of students who need housing at the University of Princeton was afraid to face similar to the Harvard situation, he quickly ordered all students outside school last week, so they created a petition on March 10 Princeton to "no evictions circumstances meet blind on the student body." It was signed by more than 3,000 people. And the next day, Princeton published a policy review criteria students could meet to continue living on campus for the remainder of the semester, said Anna Macknick, a young man involved in FLI University Council.

"The problem is that there are students who come from abusive homes and families and is not considered a criterion to stay," said Macknick. "Students have been pushing back on going home because although there is a physical place, which is not a safe environment."

Macknick said some students are "falling through the cracks" that have not been approved for housing as part of the March 19 deadline unemployment approaches, including LGBTQ students whose families do not approve of their sexuality and a friend whose mother is immunocompromised due to chemotherapy treatments.

Macknick own request was approved because it is officially recognized by Princeton as an independent student. She has no contact with their parents, and their backup plan in case of accommodation on campus was denied at friends or sleeping on the couch of her sister, said Macknick. The coalition has passed pressure managers to actively help their peers find sublets apartment or faculty members who have offered to students in need of housing, Macknick said.

"We are recognizing that there is a very real possibility that they do not get that happy ending," said Macknick. "We are finding own solutions and take care of ourselves because the university is not taking care of us."

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