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February 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Efforts to end youth homelessness

Despite vibrant nonprofit sector, Seattle struggles with youth

Homeless youth gather for a covered and safe place to sleep at the entrance to the Olympia City Hall just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. TONY OVERMAN/THE SEATTLE TIMES

In a recently published Seattle Times op-ed, the issue of youth homelessness was brought to attention [“Innovate to end youth homelessness,” Opinion, Feb. 21].

Whether by chance or by the way in which motivation has lead me, I have been passionate about the security and future of our youth for as long as I have been a contributing member to society.

It fascinates me that we in Seattle have some of the most innovative, prosperous and unique individuals working within the nonprofit sector. It doesn’t get past me, however, that despite all of this philanthropic influence, our city still struggles tremendously with our youth.

The op-ed describes “Count Us In,” a point-in-time count of homeless youth. This in itself seems like a step in the right direction. A snapshot of just how many youth are in need of assistance, and the idea of studying their demographics and just how to assist them, is crucial.

Community organizations are plentiful, offering a wide array of services, monetary assistance and temporary relief to a wide demographic of people. The issue remains, though, just how to reach these people and assist them in securing what they need before it is too late.

Nicole Neiditz, Seattle

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