Jaison Briar has been there. Thirteen years ago, he was a homeless teen living out of his car, getting help from day services, talking with other homeless folks. He’s also helped homeless people, working at youth shelters around Seattle.
So his message to Burien is backed with experience: Homeless people are not a monolith. Some, like himself, came out as LGBTQ to their families and were kicked out. Others are disabled. Many come from the foster care system.