YWCA Greater Cleveland

Independence Place

Studies have shown that within four years of emancipation from foster care, 24 percent
of young adults have been homeless. Building on the success of our NIA program,
YWCA Greater Cleveland created Independence Place to address the critical need for housing
and supportive services of homeless youth, many of whom have transitioned out of foster care.
We provide residents with a safe and nurturing place they are proud to call home as they begin
the path to becoming independent, self-sufficient adults Independence Place provides permanent
supportive housing for homeless young adults, many of whom have aged out of foster care.
It serves homeless individuals in Cuyahoga County,
ages 18-24 at the time of application.


Our program offers:

  • a safe and secure place to live
  • the supportive services of the NIA program


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Independence Place is a ground-breaking initiative that not only provides housing, but also offers access to the comprehensive resources and educational services offered by NIA, supported by top-notch faculty, coaches and consultants with deep subject matter expertise.




100% Were Homeless and in Crisis prior to Independence Place

100% have a documented disability, most frequently a mental health disability

83% have had foster care experience

82%  are female, 18% are male

4% have transitioned genders

32 are parenting 

Five Year Report


Jerome Baker
Community Engagement Supervisor


Compared to peers, foster youth are three times less likely to graduate high school and half as likely to complete any college.

Approximately 200 teens age out of foster care annually in Cuyahoga County.

100% of young people living in Independence Place were previously homeless.


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