Kendall Youngblood, center, confers with classmates Abria Penu, left, and Asia Mone't Johnson-Clark, right, in an economics class at Clark Atlanta University on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
A CAU spokesman said in a statement Monday that students who hadn’t completed the “financial enrollment process are being offered temporary housing.” Alamin said that option wasn’t presented to her.
Many students and parents took to social media to gripe about the situation, and have said schools officials have been unresponsive to calls and emails.
CAU officials did not respond to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s questions Tuesday or Wednesday about the temporary housing, how many students require it or when they may get into regular housing.
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The 126-acre university has an undergraduate enrollment of 3,093, according to U.S. News and World Report.
"They're saying that there's no housing available and that everyone will have to resort to off-campus housing, which is a problem," student Kerrington Griffin told Channel 2 Actions News reporter Rikki Klaus earlier this week. The station, which received photos and video showing crowded lines at the student center, said about 150 students were awaiting information on Monday.
Nicole Redd, the mother of a would-be student, said she felt “bamboozled” after driving last week from Baltimore, Maryland, to a CAU event welcoming the new class. Her daughter did college tours in high school and “something sparked her interest” in CAU, Redd said.
The mom and daughter came to Atlanta knowing housing was an issue, but Redd said they were reassured it’d be taken care of. Once here, Redd said she was told there was a discrepancy with her daughter’s financial aid and that they didn’t have housing for her.
Unable to get the issues straightened out, she and her “devastated” daughter returned home. Redd said her daughter, Trinity, is now looking to enroll in other colleges.
The housing issues come as CAU participates in a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary, an event that includes a $1.25 million scholarship fundraising campaign and a national tour by CAU President Ronald A. Johnson to discuss the university's vision.
The tour kicked off last weekend in Martha’s Vineyard, and was attended people such as journalist Gayle King, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who recently won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s top office.