n this chilly May evening in the parking lot of Southcenter mall, Cherie Moore is growing anxious. She and her 17-year-old son, Cody Barnes, sit almost unmoving in the cab of their old Ford Ranger, all their belongings crammed in the back -- their 32-inch flat-screen television, a prized movie collection, Cody's video games.
Moore is down to her last $6. It's nearing 10 o'clock and it's been hours since the two have had a meal.
Mall security has been circling. Moore knows they can't spend the night parked here, but the 49-year-old single mother, born and raised in South King County, has no clue where to go.
"I'm mentally exhausted," she says.
While overall homelessness in King County has steadied, it appears to be rising among families, a trend playing out across the nation.
More on Cherie and Cody:
News partner on children
Local Health Guide: Many homeless children have gone years without seeing a doctor or a dentist. Efforts are being made to reach them.
News partner on help for parents
Beacon Hill Blog: Two longtime local agencies provide stability for homeless families and for those in danger of losing their homes.