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The State Of Homeless Youth

Ross Reynolds
08/09/2012 at 12:20 p.m.

A recent tally of homeless young people in King County found nearly 700 people under the age of 25 without permanent housing. Seattle has become one of the nation's hotspots of youth homelessness. Are we ahead of the trend in homeless infrastructure, or lagging behind? We talk to the directors of two homelessness youth services in the city, and a former homeless youth that now spends her time reaching out to those on the streets.


Melinda Giovengo is the executive director of YouthCare, Seattle's largest youth homelessness service.

Kristine Cunningham is the executive director of the ROOTS Shelter in Seattle's U–District.

Star is now an outreach intern with YouthCare who was homeless in her teens.

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