Director of Media Relations
News Date: May 29, 2017
Columbus Selected for 100-Day Challenge to Address Youth Homelessness
Columbus has been selected as one of five cities in a 100-Day Challenge by “A Way Home America,” a non-profit organization that creates transformative and sustained impact on tough societal challenges.
The challenge encourages a community to work together on an incredibly ambitious goal: to end experiences of homelessness for a large number of young people in their community. Other cities selected are Baltimore, Maryland; Hennepin County, Minnesota; Louisville, Kentucky; and Palm Beach County, Florida.
“Participation in the 100-Day Challenge will be a catalyst that moves current efforts forward, allowing us to think and act as a system while continuing to address youth homelessness,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We will build on each agency's existing knowledge and experience as we take this rare opportunity to pause with the experts and be creative in our thinking about approaches to end homelessness among transition age youth in Columbus.”
With just 100 days to meet their goal, everyone from community leaders to front-line workers are invited to do their work differently, change systems and innovate to meet the goal. Rapid Results Institute (RRI) and HomeBase will offer technical support to each a community as they strive to meet their goals.
The 100-Day Challenge timeline is in sync with the city’s emerging, collaborative plans of action. Columbus has been working in collaboration with Franklin County to address the youth homelessness issue. A cross-sector of experts has been assembled to apply creativity and knowledge to achieve both short-term and long-term results.
“No young person in our community should be living without stable and supportive housing,” said Franklin County Commission President John O’Grady. “Franklin County stands ready to rise with our partners to meet the 100-Day Challenge and enhance ongoing efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.”
Columbus was selected for the Challenge with an initial focus on a youth-tailored emergency shelter system, transitional age youth rapid re-housing and youth participation network.
Although Columbus and Franklin County are growing and unemployment is low, the city and county have over 400,000 people – approximately one-third of the county population -- experiencing poverty (under 200% federal poverty level). Among those in poverty are an estimated 1,500 teens and young adults and many more at-risk.
The 100-Day Challenge is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and private philanthropic partners.