Carol Smith/InvestigateWest: Youth and Family Homelessness


Carol Smith has been studying life on the street for young people, especially those ages 18-24, who often age out of foster care into homelessness. Many of them grew up homeless, and are bringing up their families in the life they know best. Carol’s stories so far:

Until January 2013, Carol was senior writer for InvestigateWest, the independent nonprofit news organization founded by longtime Seattle Post‐Intelligencer reporters. Her series portrayed the days and nights of youth on the streets.


  •, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 -- Story and photo gallery centering on Casi Jackson, age 22, working to get out of second-generation homelessness as she cares for a baby, prepares for another on the way and juggles visitation with her third child, in foster care with the father's family (another child died as an infant). The story features numerous local service providers who help youth. 


  • KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 -- Carol's report, "Voices from The Landing," is a nine-minute news segment about teens living at The Landing, a shelter for teens set in the midst of a well-to-do Seattle suburb where the cost of living makes it even harder to find affordable housing. The story aired numerous times throughout that day and the next.



  • AOL News, Oct. 19, 2010 -- National story and multimedia story. Carol Smith and photographer Mike Kane worked to tell a standalone multimedia story (now housed on Vimeo) that tells the story of life on the streets for teens in several American cities. Mike Kane's visuals tell a stunning story. AOLnews pulls in 3.5 million readers a day.



Carol's research assistants were Seattle University students Cassandra Little and Emily Holt, who graduated June 2010.  


See additional reports from this series, including stories by Cassandra and Emily, at the InvestigateWest site,