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Homeless in Seattle

Homeless in Seattle

Five things we learned about youth homelessness

Crosscut began its deep dive into the subject of youth homelessness in February, 2014. We started with a Judy Lightfoot story on King County’s efforts…

Podcast: Why are black, queer and trans youth more at risk for homelessness?

Last year's Count Us In survey, a daylong census of homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults in King County, found that 32 percent…

Predicting the risk for homelessness among foster youth

Jordan and Julia are in foster care, but they won’t be for much longer. Both are 17 and when they turn 18, they'll "age out"…

Meet the LGBT youth who chose homelessness over staying in the closet

[caption id="attachment_82846" align="alignright" width="518"] Homeless in the University District[/caption] Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are far more likely to become homeless…

Podcast: Making it as a homeless 20-something

[caption id="attachment_82570" align="alignleft" width="422"] Conflicts with their parents drove Ryan and Alex from their homes.[/caption] Like the majority of homeless youth, Alex and Ryan were…

Local agencies join forces to tackle mental illness among homeless youth

Susan Fox was in her mid-30s before she began to deal with the anxiety and depression that had haunted her all her life. By outward…

How to keep foster youth from becoming homeless youth

“Seven” grew up in a repressive authoritarian cult. She was so isolated from the world, she didn’t know what TV was until she was 12.…

Four short videos about homelessness

It’s hard to look homelessness in the face. That’s the unintentional message of four short animated films produced by Seattle University’s Film and Family Homelessness…

Homeless youth and public space: Is there a design for that?

The coming boom spurred by a new Sound Transit light rail station and a possible rezone of the University District for transit-oriented development poses some…

When we paid caseworkers in cookies: A brief history of serving homeless youth

Editor's Note: Last month, Crosscut's Judy Lightfoot took a look at the current state of King County's services for homeless youth. In this prequel, writer…

Serving homeless youth with a continuum of customized care

“I’m not afraid of sleeping outside,” says the scowling, scruffy young man I'll call Ned. He’s homeless because his girlfriend broke up with him and…

Helping homeless students stay in school

Betty Takahashi’s job in the Bellevue School District does not come with the comfort of routine. One hundred and fifty seven homeless students are currently…

Homeless In Seattle – and beyond

January 23 is the fourth annual Count Us In day in King County. In one 24-hour push, a brigade of County staffers and volunteers scours…

King County’s plan to end youth homelessness – by 2020

There were 776 homeless and unstably housed kids and young adults in King County last January. That's according to a recently released study from the…

Tales from the Bus Tunnel: The homeless man meets the heartless driver

It’s after 10 o’clock on a Monday night and I pick up the No. 14 at my usual spot in front of Benaroya Hall —…

What’s softball got to do with helping homeless youth?

It would be easy to pooh-pooh the United Way All-Star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth that took place at Safeco Field on Saturday afternoon. After…