June 25, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland hosts youth homelessness forum

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recently hosted a forum in Cleveland about the connection between aging out of foster care and youth homelessness. The forum, “Assuring Stable Homes,” focused on how best to prevent homelessness of children who age out of foster care.

The forum included Nan Roman, CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and representatives of local social service organizations and health care providers.

The Child Welfare League of America has sited national surveys showing that up to 24 percent of children will have experienced homelessness within four years of aging out of foster care. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has awarded nearly $1 million in grants since late 2012 to local nonprofits involved in reducing youth homelessness and has partnered with Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the YWCA Greater Cleveland and others on the issue.

One initiative of the YWCA Greater Cleveland is Independence Place, which offers homeless youth housing and supportive services. Independence Place provides a safe and nurturing environment for Cuyahoga County youth ages 18-24 to make the transition from foster care to independent living.

To learn more about the connection between aging out of foster care and youth homelessness, listen to a recent Sound of Ideas show on WCPN 90.3 or view video about the issue on NewsNet5.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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