So I know this weekend, there has been a lot of conversations around Syrian refugees. And it is an important conversation that hopefully opens eyes and challenges hearts.
Now, we are focused on #peegate.
However, I would like to make you aware of something else.
School starts tomorrow. It is an exciting time for many as they are going forward to pursue an education to get a job. To contribute to society in some way. To feel better about themselves. To be better people.
The problem is as school starts tomorrow, there will be many students that will not have a place to stay. At our orientation Friday, several hands went up when asked who needs a place.
I understand that there are many issues surrounding this topic. Here are a couple;
If you call a potential and say you are a student, there is hesitation. If you say you are working, there is more openness to rent.
The cost of coming up with in some provinces, not all, of coming up with one month’s rent plus one month’s damage deposit.
You say live in a Hotel? The Y on Beatty and Robson costs $900 a month. Which being a student, is above my own personal price range.
I find it odd that in a country where we say that we value education, that we would allow students to be homeless. An unsettled student is going to be an disorganized student. A disorganized student will be an unsuccessful student.
We are better off with successful people doing what they are good at.
So be aware and educate yourself on the issues in Syria. If you need too, have a good laugh at #peegate or whatever scandal that comes up today.
But, maybe we can be a bit more aware that there are some Post Secondary Students that will start school living on the streets.