Homelessness is a huge issue in the United States. According to socialsolutions.com, 564,000 people in the US were homeless in 2016.
Until recently, 20-year-old Skarlett and her younger siblings lived in a homeless shelter in downtown San Francisco. Skarlett is currently the caretaker of her younger brother and sister. She told her story to Youth Radio’s Amber Ly.
I was 13 years old the night I became homeless. I was fighting with family — that happened a lot — and my mom finally told me to get out. I could tell it was serious this time. So I did.
Like you, we are frustrated, confused and dismayed by the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness in our city. Like you, we want answers — and change.
Given the rising cost of housing throughout the country, what protections should young people receive to protect them from homelessness
Given the rising cost of housing throughout the country, what protections should young people receive to protect them from homelessness?
My perspective completely changed. I cooked for their family, cleaned for everyone and was responsible for my friend’s actions. I was responsible for everything wrong and wasn’t appreciated for contributing to their household. I felt like I was in the way. Like there wasn’t enough I could do.
When I was 17, I was living out on my own, free from my parents’ rules. But it was no…