$6.1 Million Grant Awarded To Combat Youth Homelessness In Columbus

Columbus’ own Community Shelter Board was awarded a $6.07 million grant to combat youth homelessness on Monday.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at a presentation hosted by The Columbus Foundation. Mayor Andrew Ginther was in attendance, offering a closer look at some sobering statistics.

The mayor stated that in 2017, over 1,300 individuals under 24 relied on homeless shelters and that hundreds of unaccompanied youth between 14-24 visited Star House, the cities prominent 24/7 drop-in center for homeless youth.

“No person in our community should be living without stable and supportive housing,” Ginther said.

11 cities were chosen to receive HUD grants. According to Columbus Business First, Columbus received the second highest grant, behind San Diego, which received $7.9 million.

The grant will be vital for the Community Shelter Board going forward. Over the next few months, the board will formulate a strategy to combat youth homelessness, with input from a youth advisory board who have experienced poverty or homelessness themselves.

“As a great city, we have an obligation to make sure every citizen is sharing in that success story,” Ginther said. “This is our collective call to action.”

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