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Homeless Massachusetts college students offered dorm rooms

A student at Massachusetts Bay Community College now lives in a dorm at Framingham State University thanks to involvement in the pilot program to help homeless students.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a program to give homeless college students a place to live.

The Boston Globe reports that under the initiative, students under the age of 25 who are enrolled full time in a public college or university and are in good academic standing will be guaranteed year-round room and board in a campus residence hall.

So far 20 homeless students have taken up the offer.

The $120,000 pilot program announced Thursday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker initially includes state universities in Bridgewater, Framingham and Worcester, and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. It could expand with additional funding in the future.

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While state officials say they don’t know the full extent of the problem, they cite cases of college students being forced to commute to classes from homeless shelters.