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Angel, age 15, from Alaska, raised in Oregon

Angel has been on the street, “a good couple of years,” and sleeps most nights at the pit. She can’t stay at the one homeless shelter that takes kids because, she says, “They have really out-of context rules.” Also, she says, the staff wants to call her mother in Marcola: “We get along, but we can’t live together. We just tried it again, so I can go into rehab.” She adds, “I’ve been clean off dope for about 24 hours.”

“I can’t go to the Mission without a parent. So, they pretty much put me out there. I think they just need more youth services, and I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon,” she says.

 To eat and make money, “I sell drugs, not my own, but I help my friends out. I hold up signs, and I have people who give me money just to give me money.” She says one Eugene police officer sometimes buys her a bagel with cream cheese. 

Originally posted 2018-01-03 05:44:39.

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