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Mizzou to students affected by Harvey flooding: Your families can stay here

Cedric Datrice, 25, left in wheelchair, and his brother Shondric Johnican, 20, right, wait for food at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. The University of Missouri has informed students impacted by Hurricane Harvey that their families can sign up for temporary housing at the university if they have been displaced. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Cedric Datrice, 25, left in wheelchair, and his brother Shondric Johnican, 20, right, wait for food at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. The University of Missouri has informed students impacted by Hurricane Harvey that their families can sign up for temporary housing at the university if they have been displaced. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/TNS) (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The University of Missouri has opened its doors to the families of students who were flooded out by Hurricane Harvey.

Chancellor Alexander Cartwright informed students this week that their families could apply for temporary housing in empty residence halls.

Residence halls have room because of a large dip in freshmen enrollment. Seven of the halls were taken temporarily offline this year to save money.

More than 700 University of Missouri students list permanent residences in Texas, while more than 50 live specifically in the city of Houston, spokesperson Christian Basi said.

“Our concerns was to make sure that our students who are from the affected areas or impacted directly by the hurricane in some other way were aware of the resources available to them from the university,” Basi said.

Mental health services, as well as financial help for students most affected by the storm, are also available, Cartwright reminded students in his letter.

“We care about you. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time,” Cartwright wrote.

Basi said the university is still evaluating whether it can offer housing and support to flood victims unrelated to students at the university.

Families of University of Missouri students who are interested in temporary housing should visit the university’s Residential Life website.

The Associated Press contributed.

Katy Bergen: 816-234-4120, @KatyBergen

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