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Elizabeth Clews is a recent graduate of Ventura College and will soon transfer to a four-year university — if she can secure year-round housing for her two young children and herself.

Seven years after she first enrolled at her local community college, amid multiple moves between her car and motel rooms plus countless waitressing hours, Elizabeth Clews is finally celebrating graduating with her associate degree in history.

A former foster youth who has constantly faced homelessness, she has remained determined to continue her education and become a teacher after transferring to a university in the fall while caring for her children, ages 4 and 8.

But Clews continues facing what has become a consistent challenge among students with backgrounds like hers: securing stable housing all year. Housing for her and her two children has become the greatest deciding factor in where she decides to transfer to complete her bachelor’s degree.


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