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More Homeless Youth Seeking Services in 2011

by Liz Trautman, YouthCare guest blogger

KING5.com

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 9 at 9:32 AM

Every night in Seattle, 700-1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. For nearly 40 years, YouthCare has been working to get homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life by providing a wide array of services that include emergency shelter and basic needs, stable housing, education, and employment training.  
 
How do young people end up on the streets?  Many run, and for good reason:  In a survey of over 600 YouthCare clients, 74% reported physical abuse and 39% sexual abuse. Others are rejected - up to 40% of homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender; often kicked out of their homes when they came out to their parents. Still others are the victims of the drawn out economic crisis. More and more, young people tell us, “My parents just can't afford to keep me." 
 
YouthCare has seen an alarming increase in the number of homeless youth accessing services.  In 2008 we served just over 2,000 young people; by the end of this year that number will have grown to close to 5,000.
 
With government cuts looming, support from caring community members is of utmost importance.  To find out how you can help homeless children and youth visit www.youthcare.org.

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