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“Aged out” of care and into homelessness

 Street Sense - USA 13 April 2019

Officially “aged-out” of the foster care system that had offered her a safety net of support for nine years, Shannon Mack packed her bags on the morning of her 21st birthday and moved into a shelter for LGBTQ youth. Five months later, she was homeless. Having now found temporary housing, Mack advocates for homeless youth and young people in foster care who are in the process of aging out. She argues that better transitional support and secure housing for aged-out youth is essential to helping young people build their futures. (957 Words) - By Jennifer Ortiz

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Officially “aged-out” of the foster care system that had offered her a safety net of support for nine years, Shannon Mack packed her bags on the morning of her 21st birthday and moved into a shelter for LGBTQ youth. Five months later, she was homeless.  Photo: Jennifer Ortiz

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