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Youth Homelessness in Seattle

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Youth Homelessness in Seattle

Traumatic childhoods, LGTBQ youth and kids of color represent a shockingly disproportionate number of homeless youth in Seattle.

Every night, almost 1,500 youth and young adults sleep on the streets of Seattle. Most of them are “local kids” who cited King County as their last zip code of residence. The epidemic is getting worse. Seattle saw a 700 percent increase in homeless youth from 2016 to 2017.

Spark Public produced a video series featuring three distinct voices of youth homelessness.

Karina Wallace lived at Seattle’s GasWorks Park for three years amid a destructive cycle of drugs, abuse and violence. Wallace was a victim of extreme trauma at a very young age as an orphan in Russia.

Michael is a 19-year-old transgender youth who has been sleeping in shelters for over four months after getting kicked out of his home due to his mother’s refusal to accept his gender identity.

Terry Jackson found himself without a home when he was 15 years old, after his mom lost her job and their family home. Terry is now struggling to transition out of temporary housing and not become homeless again.

 

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