Sisters of Charity host youth homelessness forum

More than 1000 Ohio youth age out of foster care

CLEVELAND - The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland hosted Assuring Stable Homes, a conversation of how best to prevent homelessness of children who age out of foster care.

The Child Welfare League of America has sited national surveys showing that up to 24 percent of children will have experienced homelessness with four years of aging out of foster care. To help combat this problem, the YWCA of Cleveland created Independence Place , which offers homeless youth housing and supportive services. Independence Place provides a safe and nurturing environment for children to make the transition from foster care to independent living. The program serves youth in Cuyahoga County from ages 18-24.

Nan Roman, CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness , Gary Stangler, Executive Director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, as well as representatives of local social service organizations and health care providers, gathered today at The Club at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center , 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio.

Watch Newschannel5 at 11 p.m. for more coverage of the forum and the issue of young adult homelessness.

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