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Ending Youth Homelessness in Southeast Ohio

Join us for a community education and kick-off event March 10

Five Southeastern Ohio counties were recently selected to participate in a national effort aimed at preventing and ending youth homelessness. Join local elected officials and service providers in Jackson on March 10 to help launch the community’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project.


State Representative Ryan Smith
Randy Heath, Mayor of Jackson
Bill Faith, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
Representatives from Sojourners Care Network and Integrated Services for Behavioral Health


Overview of Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project in Southeast Ohio
Reception to follow with light refreshments


Christ United Methodist Church
150 Portsmouth St., Jackson, OH 45640


Friday, March 10th
10 am – 12 pm


Southeastern Ohio is one of only four rural areas in the country to be awarded federal grants to implement innovative approaches to ending youth homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced recently. Local homeless agencies in Athens, Vinton, Meigs, Jackson, and Gallia counties will be eligible for a portion of HUD’s $2.2 million Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant to help address a problem that is largely out of view in rural parts of the state.

The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) submitted the grant application along with the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) on behalf of the homeless system that includes southeast Ohio. COHHIO, a non-profit agency working to end homelessness throughout Ohio, will serve as the lead agency, collaborating with local partners to create a coordinated community plan and develop new projects to prevent and end youth homelessness in the five-county region.

A variety of local and state stakeholders will participate in the planning process, including homeless service providers, schools, child welfare agencies, youth advisory boards, the Ohio Department of Education and other community partners.

Questions?  Contact Evette Bethel, Youth Initiative Coordinator, COHHIO:
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