Two weeks ago Brittany Jones was homeless. Now she is safe and warm in an Oakland apartment, thanks to a KQED listener.
Brittany Jones is a student at Laney College and was homeless when KQED reporter Laura Klivans began talking with her as part of the series Homeless U, which explored the lives of three homeless college students, and the growing awareness of this previously invisible population.
I first met Jones in the early part of December when I began photographing her going about her days at school, visiting her storage unit and sleeping on BART. Even with the situation she was in, Jones always had a positive and motivated outlook. She could laugh at life and was determined to keep pushing herself to finish school.
Jones' story was published as part of the Bay Area media collaboration #SFHomelessProject on Dec. 7. After her story aired, KQED began receiving offers from listeners to provide rooms, storage spaces and anything else they thought might help Jones.
In a wonderful gesture of kindness, one listener went so far as to pay for an apartment for Jones. Her hope is that this will give Jones the opportunity to focus on her schooling and find a part-time job. Within a week, Jones was safely moved into her new Oakland apartment and is settling in for a wonderful holiday season.
With the help of this kind gift, Jones continues to work toward her academic goals and has high hopes for her spring semester classes.