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Addressing Housing Instability as Youth Return to School

With the month of August underway and youth returning back to school, it’s important we take a closer look into the issue of housing instability, an issue that youth in Cleveland, and across the state, are facing, what support is being provided to them in order to succeed, and what you can do to get involved.

Being able to grow and succeed inside and outside of the classroom is difficult when one does not have a stable, safe place to stay. Here is a look into youth homelessness by the numbers, pulled from LMM’s February 2022 edition of Advocacy in Action:
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  • 359 – estimated # of students unsheltered in Ohio in during the 2018-2019 school year
  • 2,972 estimated # of students experiencing homelessness in CMSD during the 2017-2018 school year
  • 4,800 estimated # of students in shelter in Ohio during the 2018-2019 school year
  • 20,890 estimated # of students doubled up in Ohio in the 2018-2019 school year
  • 21,118 estimated # of youth experiencing homelessness in Ohio in the 2020-2021 school year
With a large number of youth experiencing housing instability across the state and right here in Cleveland, one may wonder: What is currently being done and what can be done to provide youth with the support and services they need?

At LMM, our Youth Resiliency Services program takes a holistic approach to meet the basic needs of youth facing housing instability and adversity. Here are a few ways how:

A 24/7 site, licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services, admitting youth ages 13-17 aimed at supporting children in crisis.

Program designed for transition-aged youth ages 16-24 to develop the skills needed to live independently prior to exiting the foster-care system.

Accessible 24/7 and after-hours for support, and provide weekly oversight to remove any barriers that may arise to fulfill independent living transition planning requirements.

A place where young people between the ages of 16-24, who are striving for the stability of a home, can find respite and safety while working to achieve their goals. A drop-in center provides access to laundry, hot showers, clothing, a kitchen, and meals. It also provides a space to form relationships and community with other young people, caring adults, and supportive staff.

While LMM provides services at the agency level, you can take action on this issue at an individual level by staying informed and directly supporting youth in need. Here are a few ways to do so:

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