The COHHIO Youth Housing Initiative uses youth-driven perspectives to advocate for the prevention and ending of youth homelessness by providing training, education, and technical assistance to youth-dedicated homeless services and housing providers.


The COHHIO Youth Housing Initiative embodies a culture of the following values:

Staff shows up to work as their whole selves. While remaining professional, we support one another and ask for help when we need it. This is how we act with integrity.

We treat each other and our partners with kindness, respect, and dignity.

We practice self-care. We recognize that we bring our best selves to work when we have time to rest and restore.

We work in a spirit of authentic teamwork, where each individual’s unique contributions are valued.

We recognize equity is at the core of our work together.

Need Help?

Text the keyword 4hope to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes. Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure, and confidential.

The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Throughout Ohio, you can text the keyword 4hope to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.

Taking Charge

The Youth Housing Initiative has developed Taking Charge, an online tool that supports and empowers transition age youth through self-advocacy. This resource assists youth in understanding both their rights and responsibilities. Developed in partnership with youth & young adults, Taking Charge targets 16-24 year-olds and covers 12 topics, including education, well-being, housing and foster care to name a few.

Transition Aged Youth (TAY) Providers & Partners Mailing List

The TAY Providers & Partners Mailing List is an email listserv operated by the COHHIO Youth Housing Initiative. The listserv uplifts youth homelessness and housing advocacy efforts. The email listserv provides state level updates impacting youth homelessness-housing, resources, education, funding opportunities, and more.

To join the listserv send an email to amandawilson@cohhio.org and request to be added. If you have information you’d like COHHIO to consider for sharing send an email to amandawilson@cohhio.org and your information will be considered. An archive of listserv messages from the past 6 months is below.

COHHIO Youth Updates

For more information, please contact Amanda Wilson, Youth Housing Initiative Director, at amandawilson@cohhio.org.