Study: Ohio Transition Program Aided Former Homeless Youth

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The study of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency finds the longer young people who have experienced homelessness participated in a specialized housing program for their age group, the more they benefited.

Daybreak Inc. of Dayton opened a 50,000-square-foot apartment building in 2008 for transition-age youth. The program is partially supported by federal low-income housing credits. Many participating youth have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma.

Besides providing shelter, the Opportunity House helps youth get their GED and teaches basic life skills, financial independence and job readiness.

The study found those who stayed at Opportunity House for at least 12 months were more likely to get further in school and make more money than those who entered and exited the program in less time.