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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Jillian Harris to be homeless… for a day

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Three years after starring on "The Bachelorette," Jillian Harris is going to be homeless -- for one day, anyway.

The reality star hopes to raise $11,000 for Covenant House Vancouver by spending this Thursday night on the city's chilly streets, TMZ reports. Harris will reportedly have nothing more than a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard as she attempts to raise awareness for homeless youth in her home town.

She won't be doing it alone, though don't expect to see Ed Swiderski by her side. Harris, who got engaged to Swiderski in the finale of "The Bachelorette" back in 2009, broke up with the tech consultant a year later and is now dating Canadian pro snowboarder Justin Pasutto.

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In fact, Harris was inspired by Pasutto to sleep on the streets in the first place. Last week, she announced her boyfriend was taking part in the "Sleep Out" event for Covenant House Vancouver. By sleeping in the parking garage of the shelter's Pender Street location (where there will be shelter from rain, but not cold), Pasutto hopes to fund one day and night at the 54-bed shelter.

"I am sleeping out for the homeless youth on November 15th because I want to educate myself and experience first hand the hardships of sleeping out on the street," Pasutto wrote on his fundraising page, adding, "I'm sleeping on the street to raise awareness and help build confidence in the youth that are faced with so many more unfortunate challenges in life that most of us never think of."

Five days later, Harris jumped on the bandwagon.

"Okay, so you guys know that my sweetie is sleeping outside for homeless youth next week to support and bring awareness to homeless kids," Harris wrote on her blog Monday. "Well, his bravery and huge heart got me thinking and motivated, so I decided to share this experience, too!"

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Since Harris became the first Canadian "Bachelorette" (after appearing on Season 13 of "The Bachelor"), she has been running the firm Jillian Harris Design and has become the host of W's "Love It or List It Vancouver," "Handyman Challenge" on HGTV, and a designer on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

To donate to Harris' cause, visit her fundraising page.