Families open their homes to college students who lost on-campus housing

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Several colleges in Rhode Island are limiting their on-campus housing options this Fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the University of Rhode Island, the school reduced its on-campus housing spaces from 6,200 to 4,400. On-campus housing will be prioritized for freshman and students from out of state.

Brown University is also reducing its on-campus housing options to set aside some residences for isolation and quarantine housing.

A woman from Warwick is now trying to help any students who may have lost their on-campus housing because of the cutbacks.

“If my child was in this situation I would want somebody to step up and help,” said Marie Cavanaugh.

She’s working to compile a list of Rhode Islanders who are willing to host a college student in their spare room.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get a lot of people who have an extra bedroom or are empty nesters,” said Cavanaugh.

She started the project after seeing a mother’s desperate post on Facebook.

“We got a request from a mom out on the Cape. Her son goes to Rhode Island College and she’s concerned he won’t be able to get into the dorms,” said Cavanaugh. “He’s supposed to be arriving on July 20th, so she has booked a hotel for him for two nights a week, and then he’s going to have to travel back and forth.”

So far, two families have stepped forward to become hosts.

Cavanaugh is hoping more families in the Providence area volunteer.

“These students weren’t able to finish their school year in May and now they’re going to come back to no housing. So, I thought this was pretty important,” said Cavanaugh.

She said all students who take part in her program will have to undergo a background check.

If you would like to become a host, you can reach out to Cavanaugh through her Facebook group: 2nd Chance For Warwick.

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