December 18, 2020
Request for Qualifications now open to organizations interested in operating Cuyahoga County youth drop-in center as an essential piece in the effort to end youth homelessness.
The A Place 4 Me steering committee is pleased to share the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking an experienced, mission-oriented organization to partner with young people, public and private entities, and philanthropy to operate a drop-in center for youth and young adults experiencing housing instability in our community.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a longtime partner and supporter of A Place 4 Me, a community-wide movement to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness in Cuyahoga County.
A drop-in center has long been a priority of A Place 4 Me and the young adult leaders engaged in the movement to prevent and end youth homelessness. The drop-in center is intended for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 experiencing housing instability. In addition to basic needs services, the center will serve as a critical access point to housing resources as well as other services to support the social, emotional and physical well being of young people.
Drop-in centers are regarded as critical elements of a systemic approach to prevent and end youth homelessness, yet Cleveland-Cuyahoga County remains the only major urban area in Ohio without one.
Earlier this month, Cuyahoga County Council approved $500,000 in the 2021 budget to support the operations of the drop-in center for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in the community.
With the county’s commitment, additional support from public and private funders, and a site search and selection process underway, now is the time to establish an operating organization for the drop-in center.
Non-profit organizations committed to partnering with young leaders in preventing and ending youth homelessness are encouraged to review the RFQ and apply. Applications are due on Friday, February 19, 2021. An announcement regarding the selected organization will be announced by Friday, March 19.
As with all of the work of A Place 4 Me, this progress would not have been possible without the leadership of young people with lived experience of homelessness, who have authentically engaged as co-creators of this vision. From designing the model and developing the RFQ, to selecting the site and the eventual operator, this process has and will continue to center the voices of young people with lived experience.
For questions about the RFQ, please reach out to Angela D’Orazio, senior program officer for housing at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Place 4 Me Steering Committee:
Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services
Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
YWCA Greater Cleveland
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative