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Issue #112 (Spring 2013) issue cover
Nowhere to Go
Our stories of homelessness

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The two groups that provide attorneys to foster youth in New York City sued the city over the number of youth aging out into homelessness. The case was settled out of court. (full text)

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Homelessness in New York City is up. We explore causes for this: high unemployment rates; high rents; low minimum wage; and income inequality. (full text)

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Zakkiaya applies for several types of public housing before she turns 21, but nothing comes through in time. Soon, she's sleeping on the subway. (full text)

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Otis is shocked by the reality of the adult shelter system—constant smoking, drugs, alcohol, fighting, no privacy, and little possibility of sleep. (full text)

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A city administrator, a case manager at a homeless drop-in shelter, and a homeless 19-year-old explain how the shelter system works. (full text)

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Yaselin is caught in a gap between the foster care system and the mental health system and becomes homeless at age 18. She gets help from an LGBTQ shelter. (full text)

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Jasmine is smitten with Reggie. Her friend Shawn warns her not to get pregnant, which could derail her plans of college and law school.

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Marlo was homeless several times as a child, with his family. When he becomes homeless again at 18, his concentration and his grades slip. Fortunately, he finds a home. (full text)

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Precious runs away to Hollywood, where she lives for several months in a youth shelter. She sees the other kids succumb to drugs and prostitution. (full text)

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Coming up on a year in the shelter system, Otis is looking hard for a job and trying to get Social Security payments for his disability. (full text)

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Lavell shares her experience of applying for, then choosing between low-income public housing and supportive housing for mentally ill New Yorkers. (full text)

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Essay winners describe what makes the place they sleep feel like a home. (full text)

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A guide for group leaders, using two stories from the issue, to talking about homelessness with young people. One aim is to take away the stigma and shame that isolate youth and encourage them to seek help -- and to help each other. (full text)
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