The face of homelessness in Michigan is looking younger. The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness reports more than 65,000 people in this state are homeless. About one percent of those are unaccompanied minors. And the number is slowly rising.
There’s a softness in Amber’s voice that reveals nothing of the turbulence of her not-so-distant past.
She’s 18 and a high school senior. At her request, we’re not revealing her full name.
Amber is candid about the emotional atmosphere that drove her out of her home and into a hasty adulthood.
“When I was a teenager, I was very disobedient and I was very angry all the time,” she says. “I blamed my mom for a lot of things and she blamed me for things.”