Falling Through the Gaps: How a Stay in Detention can Lead to Youth Homelessness
Rheannon Rice at the Sanctuary Art Center, http://sanctuaryartcenter.org/
Washington State provides its youth a right to health care, to an education, to food assistance, and to be protected from exploitative working conditions. But for another basic need – a roof over one’s head – there is no clear right. Instead, the care and custody of homeless youth is subject to a patchwork of local and state agency resources and various legal duties, resulting in gaps in responsibilities and services. Often, youth fall through these gaps into homelessness.