For instance, 17 percent of young people exiting foster care experience homelessness at some point within a year of that exit, according to a recent estimate.
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In 2018 lawmakers took the first steps to put an end to this instability. This year they have moved to do even more to keep young people from falling into homelessness, passing a law that allocates $5 billion to the effort.
For this episode of the Youth Today podcast, producer Rachel Stevens talks to the lead sponsor of that bill about what she hopes it will achieve. She also speaks with two young women who experienced homelessness after being released from state care and asks whether the new law will help prevent more stories like theirs.
This podcast is part of an ongoing series on homelessness in Washington state, done in collaboration with Youth Today. It is made possible in part by support from the Raikes Foundation. Youth Today and Crosscut maintain editorial control. You can read a text version of this story here and more from the series here.