Why Young People Take To The Streets

Sep 3, 2019

We've seen them in our region: young, seemingly able-bodied people who are living on the streets, panhandling and scrounging a living.

Our names for them -- travelers, hobby homeless, street kids -- are a simplistic reaction to a complex societal phenomenon.

Journalist Vivian Ho first encountered street kids as a crime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the trial of three street kids accused of a brutal double murder in the Bay Area.

She takes a broader look at the street culture and its attraction for young people in the book Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids

Vivian Ho joins us for an interview on what she found.