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There are more than 1.3 million homeless students in the United States - a number that has nearly doubled in the last decade.

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November is winding down and temperatures here in Michigan are dropping. For many – myself included – the winter months can be a nuisance. But for people experiencing homelessness, the harsh, cold months can be brutal.

Currently, there are nearly 550,000 people in the U.S. experiencing homelessness on any given night. But that number is down nearly 3% from 2015, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday in Philadelphia, and it's expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the city.

And while attendees may know Philly as the City of Brotherly Love, they may be less aware that it's home to roughly 15,000 people experiencing homelessness – around 700 of them unsheltered.

During the DNC, extra resources are available to homeless residents.

A low-income, tiny house community is coming to Detroit

May 20, 2016
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In April, we wrote about a tiny house community that recently opened in Austin, Texas. The residents who live there all have one thing in common: They are chronically homeless.

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Bridge Magazine published a story Wednesday about barriers homeless college students in Michigan face while trying to pursue an education, and just how hard it can be for them to find help.

Especially when it comes to affording college.

As a college student myself, I can't imagine taking (and passing) classes, while having to worry about where I'm going to sleep and shower, and how I'm going to get my next meal.

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A sustainable community sits on a 27-acre plot of land in central Texas.

There are 25 canvas cottages, 100 RVs, and 125 micro-homes.

Residents enjoy communal kitchens and laundry facilities, a market, chickens and goats, an art gallery, and even an outdoor movie theater, and bed and breakfast.

And the residents all have one thing in common: They are chronically homeless.

Michigan leads nation in fighting hunger on campus

Aug 31, 2015
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Regular State of Opportunity readers and listeners can probably rattle off a list of different barriers low-income, first-generation, and/or homeless college students face on campus. One that often goes unnoticed and forgotten is something too many college students face on a daily basis: hunger.

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It’s not easy for us to think about homeless kids, so many of us don’t. But we should. The Homestretch, a new documentary you can watch on PBS Detroit Monday, April 13th at 10pm or online, is an easy way into this topic.

The Homestretch will shatter your expectations about being young and homeless. It follows three homeless teens in Chicago that you can’t help but root for even though they’re not typical poster children: Roque, Anthony, and Kasey.

Why do kids end up homeless? "A crisis of relationships."

Apr 3, 2015
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That’s what Katie Doyle, who runs a nonprofit resource center for kids in crisis called Ozone House, says people don’t realize about youth homelessness. Doyle spoke at a recent, and packed, screening of The Homestretch, a film that follows three homeless teens in Chicago trying to find safe and stable housing.

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This time next week, most college students will be wrapping up their final exams and getting ready for winter break. They’ll pack up their bags and head home for the holidays. 

It’s probably safe to assume that a lot of people don’t start planning for the holidays until November.  But Joi Rencher isn’t like most people. She works at Eastern Michigan University, and she starts talking about the holidays with her students as soon as they arrive on campus in the fall.