The raw numbers tell a story: A count of homeless students in Washington schools spiked by a third since the depth of the Great Recession. An estimated 4,600 of those students were unaccompanied.
The state system to deal with runaways had three chances to intervene for Brittany, a girl in constant motion between homelessness, detention and a crisis center. But that system is a disjointed mess, made worse by budget cuts, leaving teens like Brittany in trouble.
What would have helped you?
Meet six young people from The Mockingbird Society talk about their experiences being homeless and what helped them get off the streets.