Funding Help for New School Student

Dear friends, family, and colleagues,

I'm writing to ask for your emergency help with funding assistance for an amazing New School student, who is two days away from having to lose her place in the dorm, which is her only home.

She has for several years been homeless with no biological family support, kicked out of her home when she was a teenager. During her first year of college, she bounced from home to home, sleeping on people's couches--not an easy way to be a student.  During her second year of college, she secured a place in the dorm, which has become her only home, her first secure place of her own in years.

In the past, the New School has provided emergency funds to help cover the last amount that she owes for the cost of her dorm bill, but for reasons that elude me, that support has ceased. She is now two days away from being kicked out from the dorm--her only home--if she cannot find the funds to pay this bill. She tried to secure private loans from banks, but needless to say, the interest rates are insane and she would have to start paying them back immediately--an impossible task.

It is a maddening situation in which students who have financial 'holds' on their accounts cannot register for classes, and if you're not registered for classes for the next term, you lose your spot in the dorm. And for students in extremely precarious situations, they can literally find themselves on the street.

You can only imagine the extraordinary stress this has placed on her. She should have been focusing on her finals for the past couple of weeks. Instead, she has been worried sick about losing her only home.

So in this time of giving, anything you can give to get her closer to the amount she needs will be welcome. The funds are going straight into my bank account, and on Friday at noon, I will be logging in with her to her school account to pay the amount that we receive, which hopefully will be the amount that can keep her in her home.

She owes $8012, and GoFundMe charges a 2.9% fee, so the amount to cover everything is around $8244.

Thanks so much for your help with this!

In gratitude, Rachel/Rachie
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Rachel Heiman 
Brooklyn, NY
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