Streetwise is a documentary film by director Martin Bell chronicling the lives of homeless youth on the streets of Seattle. Streetwise portrays the lives of nine desperate teenagers. Thrown too young into a seedy, grown-up world, these runaways and castaways survive, but just barely. Rat, the dumpster diver; Tiny, the teenage prostitute; Shellie, the baby-faced one; and DeWayne, the hustler, are all old beyond their years. All are underage survivors fighting for life and love on the streets of downtown Seattle, Washington.
Ending Youth Homelessness
Youth (Seattle Crisis Resource Directory)
A new government entity promises a fresh approach that has many advocates optimistic, but has left youth housing providers worried it may overlook their unique needs and priorities. The regional authority will operate through three levels — a governing board, comprised mainly of elected officials, an implementation board that will act like a board of directors, and an advisory committee. Six of the 19 members of the advisory committee come from organizations that serve homeless adults or families. At a meeting last month of the board that was determining the advisory committee, Melinda Giovengo, the executive director of the service provider YouthCare, was the lone no vote on the slate of 19 people being considered as advisers to the new authority.
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAMS
In the Seattle King County area, there are about 12, homeless people living on the streets or in shelters. This has led some members of the community to complain that the city's response is inadequate. In many cities and communities around the United States, volunteers and service workers count the number of people sleeping without adequate shelter—whether on the streets, in a vehicle, in makeshift shelters and tents, under roads, under freeway ramps, and the like—in one overnight period.
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