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PUYALLUP: Too many young people are homeless

Letter by Lawrence W. Moore, Puyallup on Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:05 am | 14 Comments »
October 6, 2011 2:05 pm

I volunteer at Helping Hand House in Puyallup. One of the benefits is becoming more aware of homeless families. I learned two alarming statistics: The average age of a homeless person is 6, and there are about 500 homeless teenagers in Puyallup. That is nearly an entire grade in each of Puyallup’s three high schools. These young adults are our future leaders, and they’re not maturing at home.

What are we doing about this problem? Apparently nothing.

Why? What have these young adults done that is so bad that their parents will not let them live at home? Parents should have unconditional love for their children. Unconditional means no conditions, no matter what.

Where is support for the young adults and their families? Where are their relatives? Where are the churches? Where is the community? Where can I help?

Very few are aware of the severity of the problem. This is our problem, not a government problem.


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