Dinner + Dialogue: Combating Youth Homelessness

Natalie Leek-Nelson, Kate Lodge, and Sonia Emerson

Often when we think of the demographics of those who are homeless, we don't think of children and adolescents. But a rise in poverty - coupled with increases in opioid addiction and incarcerations - has left many young people without a stable place to call home, especially for those who "age out" of the foster care system.


Since 2006, a concerted effort between government and nonprofit agencies led to a 78 percent reduction in the rate of chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County. But reducing youth homelessness, those between ages 15-24, has proven more problematic.


Cleveland was one of only three cities in the country selected by A Way Home America for the 100-Day Challenge program with the goal to house 100 homeless youths in 100 days. Did we succeed? What other efforts are underway in Cuyahoga County to combat youth homelessness?


Join us for a Dinner + Dialogue discussion with Natalie Leek-Nelson, President and CEO of Providence House, Kate Lodge, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the YWCA of Cleveland and Executive Director of A Place 4 Me, and Sonia Emerson, Co-Chair of the A Place 4 Me Youth Leadership Board, on solutions to ending youth homelessness.

Location: Siam Cafe, 3951 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Tickets: $30 (includes veggie spring roll appetizer and a variety family style dishes)

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