One-tenth homeless, student survey finds

A survey conducted last month at Minneapolis Community and Technical College found that nearly 10 percent — 103 out of the 1,061 students who answered the questionnaire — responded that they are homeless.

163 said they frequently could not afford a meal or groceries.

The survey coincided with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 14 – 20.

MCTC helped campaign in the fight against hunger and homelessness with a photo exhibit called Scratching the Surface: A Glimpse into Poverty and Homelessness that was displayed in the commons area of the T Building.

The survey and exhibit clearly had an effect on the community, as KSTP-5 Eyewitness News ran a feature on the MCTC homeless issue on Nov. 30.

“If this was compared to the whole student population, potentially there could be 10% of the student population that’s homeless,” MCTC student Ugaso Sheik-Abdi, the survey’s creator.

The KSTP brief can be seen on their website, kstp.com.

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