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Happy Dog Takes On Youth & Family Homelessness

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Happy Dog Takes On Youth & Family Homelessness

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Doors 7:00pm. Forum Begins 7:30pm.

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"In my work, I see the person for who they are and where they are." – Carey Gibbons (she/they)

In March, the City Club welcomed author Andrea Elliott to discuss her book Invisible Child, as part of One Community Reads. In this book, we meet Dasani, a child in New York City, and her family who move from shelter to shelter, battling persistent poverty and hunger, and in search of stability and a way forward. It was a heavy, and harrowing reminder of the struggles children and their families face, and the work that needs to be done.

In Cuyahoga County, 5,000 residents experience homelessness each year. Youth comprise 8 percent and families 12 percent. Homelessness disproportionately affects Black people, LGBTQ people, and individuals with disabilities. And in March, Cuyahoga County announced a pledge to reduce homelessness by 25 percent by 2027. The county plans to do this by focusing on affordable housing and offering more services to assist those experiencing homelessness.

Join us at the Happy Dog in a conversation led by Chris Knestrick, Executive Director at the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and continue the conversation on youth and family homelessness in Cleveland.

Let us know if you're coming! Please RSVP by registering below. It's not required, but it helps us prepare and keeps you updated!


The livestream will be available beginning at 7:30p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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