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First Lady Inslee tours The Space to discuss barriers facing homeless youth

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Washington's First Lady Trudi Inslee was in town Tuesday visiting The Space, which is Yakima Neighborhood Health's new community building for LGBTQ youth.

The First Lady joined the state's Office of Homeless Youth Director Kim Justice for a listening tour that addressed barriers faced by young homeless people in the Yakima Valley.

Many youth who identify as LGBTQ lose support from their families and can end up on the streets.

“It's critically important for young people who may be struggling at home to have a place to go, especially people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender who may not find that support in their own home,” said Justice.

Nearly 13,000 young people in Washington access homeless housing and support services each year.

For more information on The Space go here.

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