Cornell College students research homeless youth in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG TV9)-- Cornell College students are teaming up the Willis Dady Shelter to research homeless youth in Cedar Rapids.

It's part of the Cornell Summer Research Institute. The 10 week program is nearly done.

Students worked with homeless prevention workers to interview homeless youth. Willis Dady says it wanted to know what services are needed for homeless teens and young adults, especially those who identify as L-G-B-T-Q plus.

The shelter says it's hard to determine how many young homeless people there are in Cedar Rapids.

"Youth that are homeless tend not to sleep on the street, like we see adults doing. But that doesn't mean that they have stable housing, or it doesn't mean that they have safe housing. Often times they're bouncing from one place to another, or they don't know where they're staying that night," Emily Zimmon said.

The research found it's difficult for homeless youth to find transportation.

"The bus system is there obviously but sometimes it can be hard for people to access and if they don't have a car that's their only way of getting around," Cornell College Senior Jacob Bennington said.

The students will be at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The group plans to do a few more interviews and share their research.