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Alternative House helps homeless teens

May 29, 2014 - The Washington Post

When he was 17, Brian Gamboa was walking six miles each day to school.

He was barely managing to pay rent for a basement apartment, where he lived alone after he moved away from his parents. Gamboa needed help, but he did not know where to turn. Then he found Alternative House.

Even in Fairfax County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country, his situation was not unique. Gamboa was among 2,449 students identified as homeless by the Fairfax County school system during the 2012-1...