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New Group Hopes to Build Shelter for Homeless Teens in the Tri-Cities

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PASCO, Wash.-- A new group hoping to build a shelter for homeless teens in the Tri-Cities met Tuesday night.  The group says homelessness is a problem among people age 13 to 17, and right now they have  nowhere to go in our area.  They're too old for some shelters, and too young for others.

My Friends Place is the group that has organized and begun to make plans to build a homeless shelter for teens.  My Friends Place just got approval from the state to be an official non-profit group.

Board member Mark Lee estimates there are more then 1,500 homeless teens in the Tri-Cities.  The group recognizes that there are many reasons teens become homeless and they want to help as many teens as they can.  Avis Ogden, Vice President of My Friends Place, says, "[This will be for those] rough times when they're out there with no place to go.  I can't imagine what that must be like.  Sometimes it's family situations, and they struggle for a while, and we'll certainly be working with the parents."

My Friends Place hopes to have a shelter open by the end of next year, and have eight to ten beds in it, then gradually add more.

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