EastBay Today

Posted June 9, 2017


Homeless student Brenda Brown grabs the attention of several Bay Area news stations at graduation

Brenda Brown, age 55, has been struggling to find secure housing since the 2008 recession. Thanks to continued news coverage, a retired Cal State East Bay staff member is now offering Brown a free room. She graduated from the university with a degree in communications Saturday, June 10.
Garvin Tso

Brenda Brown is no stranger to the spotlight. Since 2016, news stations have been fascinated with her courage and perseverance, as Brown, 55, relentlessly pursued her degree despite being homeless. At one point, she slept in her car and showered at a local gym before heading to class at Cal State East Bay each day. Brown has shared her experiences firsthand in the university's student paper, The Pioneer, and also here on East Bay Today. Now, Bay Area news stations such as KRON 4, NBC Bay Area and KPIX are helping Brown's story reach an even wider audience and hopefully inspire more struggling students to not give up. "It's never too late," Brown told KRON 4 of getting her degree.