19 year old Candace uses her lighter for a small pipe while she waits to fall asleep. Candace shares the abandoned trailer with four other "street kids" who although come from different places across the country, all find themselves homeless in the middle of a Salt Lake City winter.
Solo and Candace are both homeless and ride the train across the Salt Lake Valley to pick up stuff that they have left at the squats and homes of others. The two have the plan to "procure" a car and flee to Colorado where they can start a new life.
Candace traces the marks on her arms with her fingers as she provides an explanation to her boyfriend Solo while they pass time at the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The HYRC is funded by the Volunteers of America and is a haven where youth, under the age of 25, are able to spend the day time hours in a warm and safe environment.
The Homeless Youth Resource Center on Main Street in Salt Lake City.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, "L.T." poses for a portrait outside the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City.
Lunchtime at the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City provides a free lunch for homeless youth.
At 8:30 p.m. each night, the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, closes and the youth who frequent the center must look for a place to sleep before the coldest hours of the night set in.
"We just need a chance" says A.J. who is 16 years old and homeless in Salt Lake City.
"I think I need to go to the doctor." "Bubbles" a Salt Lake City street kid stops by the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City for medical advice regarding an infected tattoo.
"Do I look pregnant?" asks "Candace Ray" to her friends and others at the Homeless Youth Outreach Center in Salt Lake City. 19, and homeless "Candace" isn't sure if she is in fact pregnant and appeals for the opinions of others to share their opinions on whether she is showing or not.
22 year old Solo and 19 year old Candace spend lunchtime inside the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Solo and Candace spend the daytime hours at the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
16 year old Josh, of Butte, Montana inside his squat where his "family" has spent the previous below freezing nights in Salt Lake City.
19 year-old Candace looks through donated clothing at the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. At regulated times during the day, youth who frequent the center are able to take whatever they can carry from the clothing and food donations.able to spend the day time hours in a warm and safe environment.
Solo and Candace have a night out at McDonalds in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both are homeless and spend the below freezing nights squatting wherever they can find shelter.
A rosary hangs from the neck of 19 year-old Candace of Colorado. Candace is homeless and is a regular at the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City.
With ages ranging from 17 to 22 a group of homeless youth walk in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday night to pass the time after the Homeless Youth Resource Center has closed for the night. (Left to Right) "Green", "Montana", S.O.L.O.", "Candace" and "A.J." head to McDonalds restaurant to pool money together for a night out.
19 year-old Candace holds a flashlight under her arm and makes shadow puppets on the wall of the empty trailer where she and her boyfriend Solo, of New York are going to spend a below freezing night on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. The two are homeless and although have different reasons for being homeless in Utah, have decided to travel and "squat" together.
22 year old "S.O.L.O." dances with his 19 year old girlfriend "Candace Ray" outside the Homeless Youth Outreach Center which is operated by the Volunteers of America. Both "S.O.L.O." and "Candace" are homeless and far from home. Although the reasons and circumstances behind the homeless youth in Salt Lake City vary, many congregate and find daytime refuge at the HYRC.