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Kaleidoscope Youth Center Awarded Over $100,000 for New Rapid Re-Housing Program

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The non-profit dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ youth in central Ohio and throughout the state was awarded a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

COLUMBUSKaleidoscope Youth Center has been awarded an $102,152 grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office through the Victims of Crime Act and State Victim Assistance Act funding. In total, $111.8 million in grants have been awarded from the office for organizations throughout the state.

“This grant is the launching point for our initiatives that will serve and support young adults ages 18-24,” announced Erin Upchurch, LISW-S, Executive Director of KYC. “Traditional programming serves those whom are at imminent risk of homelessness or are literally homeless. While this program can include those individuals, our intention is prevention, with the focus on disrupting and decreasing the risk factors that may lead to homelessness.”

The Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Program is an intervention designed to help individuals prevent or quickly exit homelessness and enter into stable housing. Assistance is available in the forms of move-in and rental assistance, housing identification and support. Participants will be provided a case manager and support team to assist in developing and implementing a case plan, with the ultimate goal being to move into safe, stable and independent housing opportunities.

“The program is a tool focused on preventing homelessness and the often subsequent crises, and to provide our young people with support to build and strengthen resiliency and life skills,” Upchurch added.

The pilot RRH program is expected to be in place, serving up to 5 youth, by early 2019.

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About Kaleidoscope Youth Center:
Established in 1994, Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) works in partnership with young people in central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ+ and ally youth ages 12 to 20. They support youth who are struggling with identity issues, family discord, mental health problems or the challenges of adolescence; educate youth and the community about LGBTQ issues; and advocate for safe and inclusive spaces everywhere. Visit them online here. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and more.

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