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Michigan Chronicle focuses on WSU first lady Jacqueline Wilson's efforts to tackle homelessness

January 29, 2014

A feature story focuses on Jacqueline Wilson, wife of Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson, and her efforts to tackle student homelessness. According to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, about 58,158 college applicants said they were homeless, on federal financial aid, with paperwork they filled out for the 2012-13 academic year. Wilson has established the program HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) that would, among other things, engage potential sponsor families about housing homeless students and providing financial support for text books as well as transportation resources. President Wilson, who said he and his wife are a team, has also established a HIGH fund to support the venture. "We've notified all of the deans and professors," Wilson said, underscoring the overwhelming response the program has received. "People are so interested in helping and enthusiastic about the idea of giving back. So we want to organize a more formal structure of receiving donations and support."