Advocates Differ On Definition Of Youth Homelessness

Advocates differ on definition of youth homelessness

Rita Price The Columbus Dispatch @RitaPrice
Most nights, Cynthia Fernan can find someone — a friend, relative or maybe a friend of a friend — willing to make room. She has kept a roof over her head for years by couch-surfing.
According to federal education standards, the 21-year-old has long been homeless. But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development might see Fernan’s situation differently.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, an Upper Arlington Republican who is pushing to align the way agencies view youths without permanent homes. “We need to be able to define the problem.”
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