Homeless students: 'My safe haven was going to school'

    COMING NOVEMBER 21 | What is being done for homeless students? Special report #LiveOnKMTR NBC 16 at 6:30 p.m.

    EUGENE, Ore. - Makayla Elliott has been roaming the streets of Eugene and Springfield, off and on, since she was 14.

    It's not easy living on the streets.

    "On a night where it was like, I think it was about 17 degrees and I had no blanket," she recalled, "and I was 35 weeks pregnant."

    Elliott is one of hundreds of local youth experiencing homelessness - and trying to get an education.

    "My safe haven was going to school because there was food there, it was warm I was friends with my teachers,"' she said.

    But after the last school bell rang, homework was the last thing on Elliot's mind.

    Survival was her priority.

    "School doesn't seem important," she said, "because it's hard to stay focused when you can't sleep properly when you're just not getting your basic needs meant."

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