By Bob Cuddy — firstname.lastname@example.org
There has been no shortage of coverage of homeless issues lately – squabbles about where to locate a shelter, discussions about the behavior of some of the homeless – but there is one segment of the population that is going unnoticed, says homeless advocate Lisa Ray.
She calls them “unaccompanied minors” – in the broader sense, the word is a synonym for runaways. They are the children who are out of their homes and don’t have an adult to look after them.
These are kids who have left their homes for a variety of reasons – often it’s verbal or physical abuse, sometimes it is just unbearable family dysfunction, says Ray, who is with the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast.