Teens

Precious hates her father's girlfriend and runs away to Hollywood, where she lives for several months in a youth shelter. She sees the other kids succumb to drugs and prostitution and leaves the streets for foster care.
Otis is shocked by the reality of the adult shelter system—constant smoking, drugs, alcohol, fighting, no privacy, and little possibility of sleep.
Zakkiaya applies for several types of public housing before she turns 21, but nothing comes through in time. When she ages out, she is placed in her mother's house, and soon she's sleeping on the subway.
Lavell shares her experience of applying for, then choosing between low-income public housing and supportive housing for mentally ill New Yorkers.
Elle ran away at age 14 and was almost forced into prostitution by a drug dealer. Read about how she was given a second chance by homeless people who came to her aid.
Yaselin finds herself 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 the Ali Forney Center.

Pages