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Policy makers, advocates look for ways to serve growing population of homeless youth
Policy makers, advocates look for ways to serve growing population of homeless youth

Ciera Dunlap, 25, has spent much of her life caught in the throes of uncertainty, as a homeless youth and living without a guardian in Baltimore City. "At 11, the state placed me in foster care, and I ran away at 12," said Dunlap, who spent six years after that without a fixed residence. "Being homeless [as a young person] is extremely hard," she said. "At that age people don't take you seriously." Dunlap now resides at Restoration Gardens, apartments for homeless youth located in Park Heights. She works as a peer case manager at the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-in Center on Charles Street in Baltimore, where she counsels unaccompanied...

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