Beyond the Numbers: Understanding Youth Homelessness

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Photo Credit: via Teen Feed website

Earlier this year, service providers, drop-in shelters, and other organizations working with at-risk youth opened their doors and broke out the pens and clipboards as part of the third annual Count Us In initiative—an attempt to better identify the number of homeless youth in our state.

In total, 776 unstably housed youth were counted across King County in 2013, representing a 13% increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, Columbia Legal Services recently analyzed data released from the state, finding that more than 26,000 Washington state school children were homeless during the 2010-2011 school year.

Together, the numbers paint a grim portrait of youth homelessness in Washington, but the numbers—as shocking as they are—tell only part of the story.

To find out more I sat down with Katelyn Stickel, Support Coordinator for Teen Feed’s Service Links for Youth program.

For the past 25 years,

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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