A state can use up to 30% of its Chafee allocation to provide room and board for young people between the ages of 18-21 who have emancipated from the foster care system. And, they cannot require the young person to remain in foster care until age 21 in order to receive those services.
However, while some states demonstrate accountability on a statewide level, Ohio's funds are spent differently in each of its 88 counties, with minimal oversight. Not surprisingly, many young people fall through the cracks and experience homelessness after aging out of foster care.
Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
Habitat for Humanity
Homes on the Hill
Homeless Families Foundation
Volunteers of America
YEP is a statewide council of homeless youth, ages 12- 21. YEP leaders Nick and Angela empower young people, by increasing opportunities for them to take control of their situations while building self-esteem and improving their quality of life through advocacy, leadership and education.