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Campus Reform reports:

Will Harvard turn empty dorms into homeless shelters?

When Harvard told students to leave its dorms for the rest of the spring term earlier in March, most would have expected that they would be empty until the fall. But if some students have their way, the dorms will soon be filled with a new kind of resident.

A petition calling for Harvard to house homeless people in its residential properties has gained serious momentum, having already amassed over 1,000 signatures.

The petition doesn’t only call to house homeless individuals but calls for the Ivy League university to provide both “free housing and meals to all homeless persons” in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The author of the petition, Masters of Divinity candidate at Harvard’s Divinity School Christopher Diak also told The Harvard Crimson that he thought that because “there will be thousands of vacant dorm rooms on campus” they could be “converted into a homeless shelter, at the very least for the residents of Cambridge.” The Crimson also noted that Diak had told them that he had sent a letter to Harvard’s President, Lawrence S. Bacow, making suggestions similar to those which he requested in his March 17 online petition.

This attempt to pressure Harvard’s administration to house homeless people during the coronavirus outbreak isn’t completely original, however. Rather, it hinges on actions by the City Council to lessen the impact of the pandemic on the homeless population. The petition references a recent policy order by City Councilor Marc McGovern, to encourage private institutions to work with the local government in order to house and feed homeless people.

 

 
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