Tumbleweed saw a jump in media attention and donations with well-placed editorials in the Arizona Republic on the plight of homeless youth.

Homeless youth in Phoenix

When you think of a homeless person, an image comes to mind. It’s a conditioned response most of us can’t help. But I’ll wager the picture in your mind is not a 16-year-old from Boston or a pregnant teen from the East Valley. But these two very real young people are representative of the younger-than-25 homeless population in Maricopa County, and as many as 800 of them are looking for a place to sleep tonight.

How does someone so young and vulnerable become homeless?

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