Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?
At least 1,800 youths were homeless or unstably housed within a year of exiting those systems, according to the most recent data available.
No other state has made such a sweeping commitment, according to experts, and Washington does not yet know how it will achieve it. But the state has an interest in ensuring today’s homeless youths don’t become the next generation of homeless adults, and officials are exploring solutions.