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About the ODH Youth Homelessness Program

In December of 2018 the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released a Notice of Availability of Funding (NOFA) announcing the availability of grant funds for six pilot programs utilizing innovative approaches to serving homeless youth and of particular focus – homeless youth who are pregnant. Applicants are required to be a local public or non-profit agency with demonstrated history of serving homeless youth or homeless pregnant youth. The award ceiling for funding was $600,000. ODH specifically addressed geographic diversity and intended to reach across the state. The funding is intended to be flexible in order to support innovative approaches to outreach, service coordination, and service delivery, especially those with the involvement of local and regional partners.

ODH required nine deliverables with a set spending amount for each deliverable, the nine deliverables are as follows:

  1. Develop a plan for providing comprehensive services to homeless youth,
  2. Coordination and/or provision of housing services,
  3. Coordination and/or provision of behavioral and physical health services,
  4. Coordination and/or provision of education and employment opportunities, including assistance in obtaining birth certificates and state ID cards,
  5. Fostering community and social connections,
  6. Regional engagement of additional partners and services for homeless youth,
  7. Development of a comprehensive directory,
  8. Updates to plan for providing comprehensive services to homeless youth,
  9. Outreach to identify homeless youth and homeless pregnant youth.

In March of 2020, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released a second Notice of Availability of Funding (NOFA) announcing the availability of additional grant funds for up to eight pilot programs utilizing innovative approaches to serving homeless youth and of particular focus – homeless youth who are pregnant. The award ceiling for the second round of funding was $50,000. To date approximately thirteen diverse agencies are developing and implementing pilot projects funded by ODH.

All projects funded are operational and serving youth in various capacities some projects are more focused on outreach and service coordination while other are providing full residential services, all with an emphasis on innovation and creativity. Utilize the chart below to contact grantees and learn more about their services.

ODH Staff Lead Contact: Sara Haig, MSW, LSW sara.haig@odh.ohio.gov (614) 728-2957

Grantees

Comprehensive Grantees

Location & Contact Information

Counties Served

Community Action Agency of Columbiana County (CAA)

7880 Lincole Pl.,
Lisbon, OH 44432
(330) 424-7221

Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas

Community Action Commission of Lancaster-Fairfield County

1743 E Main St,
Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 653-4146

Fairfield, Knox, Licking, Coshocton, Holmes

Integrated Services for Behavioral Health

1950 Mt. St. Mary’s Drive
Nelsonville, OH 45764
1-800-321-8293

Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton, Hocking, Pickaway, Perry, Pike, Ross

Summit County Health District

1867 W. Market St,
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 926-5629

Summit

The Center for Healthy Families

500 S. Front St. #930,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 884-4200

Franklin

The Homeless Families Foundation

33 N. Grubb St.,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 461-9247

Franklin, Pickaway, Fayette, Clinton, Highland, Ross, Madison, Union, Delaware

YWCA of Greater Cleveland

4019 Prospect Ave. East,
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 881-6878

Cuyahoga

 

 

Targeted Grantees

Location & Contact Information

Counties Served

City of Columbus Mayor’s Office - Celebrate One

90 W. Broad St.,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-7671

Franklin

Family & Community Services, Inc. - Next Step

13211 Aquilla Rd.
Chardon, OH 44024
(440) 426-2010

Geauga, Portage

Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio

3009, 3231 Central Park West #200, Toledo, OH 43617
(419) 842-0800

Lucas

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

603 E. Town St.,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 294-5437

Franklin

Marion Goodwill Industries, Inc.

1637 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd.,
Marion, OH 43302
(740) 361-0370 or (740) 751-4282

Marion

Sojourners Care Network

31860 Claypool Hollow Rd., McArthur, OH 45651
(740) 596-1117

Athens, Gallia, Hocking Jackson, Meigs, Ross, Vinton