Coalition for Juvenile Justice recently selected COHHIO and Ohio’s youth homelessness providers to receive training and technical assistance as part of the Collaborating for Change project, which works to prevent the criminalization of youth experiencing homelessness, and ensure that those who come into contact with the criminal justice system exit to safe, stable, and secure housing.

To address the intersections between youth homelessness and juvenile justice, CJJ designed the training and technical assistance program Collaborating for Change. Providers and partners will be taking on complex challenges, like “status offenses” related to survival acts of homelessness and unaccompanied minor homelessness.

Providers and partners are currently diving deep into data around homelessness and juvenile justice as well as establishing a learning collaborative to share information across systems. Two individuals with lived experience from Youth Move Ohio aare helping to guide the work.

COHHIO’s Youth Housing Initiative coordinated a collaborative joint application on behalf of 17 youth providers in Ohio. The collaborative plans to begin outreach next month to bring judges, magistrates, prosecutors and others into the process.