DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s attorney general hosted scores of agencies in an all day meeting on youth homelessness Tuesday.
Mike DeWine’s focus for the event was designed to develop strategies to end the problem which is prevalent in many communities.
The executive director of this area’s only shelter for teenagers attended the meeting near Columbus. Linda Kramer says her agency, Daybreak, serves about 300 kids a year in its emergency shelter and 12 hundred each year in its outreach, which helps the teens who are so called couch hopping. They move from one place to the next, sometimes daily, sleeping on couches or floors.
Statewide, programs funded by the attorney general’s office report helping 10 to 12,000 homeless youths each year. If not for Daybreak, Kramer says, many teens who are now on the street would end up in the prison and/or mental health systems.
About 100 individuals from victim services agencies from all over the state registered for the Ohio Attorney General’s Strategies to End Youth Homelessness Symposium.