Andrea Amelse is a current student in the entrepreneurial studies program here at MCAD. When researching for a class, she was troubled by the difficult budgeting choices many homeless people face when it comes to basic necessities.
Products like tampons, pads, panty liners, new underwear, ibuprofen, and hormone-regulating birth control are often placed at a low priority by homeless people, especially those who are victims of abuse and/or are raising a child on the street. They may have access to these products while staying in shelters, but justifying the high cost becomes harder once they transition out.
Amelse estimated that a lifetime supply of tampons would cost an average of about $3,000. She has started a GoFundMe campaign to help homeless people have access to these necessities.
Update 3/10: Kare11 recently covered the story of Amelse's crowdfunding efforts to help the homeless.