Hanoi universities let homeless people stay in dorm rooms during Tet holiday

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A dormitory room at the National Economics University that will be open to the homeless until February 15. Photo: Quynh Trang/VnExpress A dormitory room at the National Economics University that will be open to the homeless until February 15. Photo: Quynh Trang/VnExpress

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Many universities in Hanoi are opening their fully furnished dormitories to homeless people during the Tet Lunar New Year holiday.
Can Anh Tuan, a spokesperson of the National Economics University, said it now has ten dorm rooms with 40 bunk beds available until February 15 for those in need.
Tuan said each room has mattresses, blankets, televisions and toilets.
He said the rooms on normal days serve guests and teachers who need a short rest.
The students’ rooms will stay closed during the holiday because the school does not want their belongings to be disturbed, he said.
The school will also organize a Tet party for visitors and offer them gifts, Tuan told news website VnExpress.
He said security officers will watch the school around the clock. “We will take measures to make sure bad people do not take advantage of this. But we will try to keep everyone comfortable.”
Foreign Trade University has also prepared rooms for 40 homeless people, who will only need to fill in a form to spend a few nights. 
Bui Ngoc Dung, a school representative, said the homeless will be invited to a Lunar New Year's Eve party with all the holiday specialties and the school’s canteen will serve them two meals a day during their stay.
The dormitory of the Vietnam National University in Hanoi will also open 15 rooms, which can accommodate around 100 people, to the homeless from this Friday until the end of February 14.
Hanoi Education University and the Academy of Finance also announced similar plans, although details are not available.

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