YWCA Greater Cleveland

Independence Place

Five Year Report

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

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. 


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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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