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Group to try to tackle youth homelessness
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Dozens of community leaders will meet Thursday morning to discuss the ongoing problem of youth homelessness in the city. The forum also hopes to shed light on human trafficking in the Tri-State.
Lighthouse Youth Services says there is a correlation between youth homelessness and human trafficking. The group wants to troubleshoot the two issues to try to combat them, and put a stop to trafficking before it starts.
More than 50 community leaders, including representatives from the Sheriff's Department, Cincinnati police, Department of Job and Family Services and members of Cincinnati Public Schools will discuss strategies to try to help the area's young homeless. As the President and CEO of Lighthouse Youth Services, Bob Mecum, says it all starts with youth and with education to put them on the right path. "We think we can bring together a stronger coalition of volunteers, political leaders, social service agencies to really drill down on that really high risk population"
The group will also discuss the possibility of raising the maximum foster age in the state from eighteen to twenty one.