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Tackling youth homelessness with peer navigators in Cleveland.

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Two years ago, A Place 4 Me set out to house 100 youth in 100 days as part of its ongoing efforts to improve out¬comes for transition-age youth in foster care. The initiative exceeded its goal and — in the process — showed how to strengthen support systems and services for young people in foster care. Kate Lodge is the executive director and vice president of strategic initiatives at A Place 4 Me, which is the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Cleveland-based partner in its Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative® Network. In this post, Lodge describes how Cleveland had adopted innovative practices, such as the hiring of peer navigators, to tackle youth homelessness today.