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Helping Our Undergraduates Succeed in Education

We offer two nationally unique programs for young adults who have faced challenges growing up and formerly homeless and battered women who want to begin their college education. The Helping Our Undergraduates Succeed in Education (HOUSE) Program exists to help this audience achieve their goals by providing a comprehensive, nurturing transitional-housing experience. Our facilities are located on the WVSU campus, near the Drain-Jordan Library and Hamblin Hall.
While attending classes, participants spend their first two semesters living in the HOUSE facility. Students will have an opportunity to get accustomed to college life before moving into a residence hall or an apartment of their own. Basic living skills are taught and practiced in the HOUSE, including time management, budgeting, study skills, and learning to access community resources. The added support of the HOUSE staff makes the transition into college an easier journey.
HOUSE is staffed by a full-time Resident Assistant who resides in the facility, a Basic Living Skills Instructor and a Program Coordinator who oversees everyone in the HOUSE. The HOUSE can provide accommodations for six students, with all rooms being double occupancy. There is a full kitchen, laundry room and living room area as well.
The formerly homeless and battered women participating in the HOUSE Phase II program have the opportunity to reside in their own apartment, located next to the Phase I facility. This program serves traditional as well as nontraditional students. There are three apartments: one two-bedroom and two one-bedroom units. Residents of the apartments may live there throughout the duration of obtaining their degree, as long as they are a full-time student. The Program Coordinator provides the same services to these program participants as well.
Students are expected to pay a reasonable amount for their room and board at both HOUSE phases. The Program Coordinator will assist students in filing the proper paperwork to apply for federal grants to pay for tuition, fees and books. (Eligibility for grant programs is based on income and need.)
Eligibility Requirements
If you have your high school diploma or GED, attend or plan to attend West Virginia State University, and meet at least TWO of the following criteria, you could qualify to become a HOUSE resident:
  • Age 18-24 (Phase I)
  • Lack family support
  • Homeless
  • History of domestic violence
  • From rural area
  • First generation attending college
  • From a single parent household
  • Previously in state's custody/DHHR/foster care
  • Previously involved with the juvenile/criminal justice system
  • Currently failing college courses
Interested? Apply today!


Danielle Metz
HOUSE Program Coordinator
(304) 766-6994
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