Cloe Cooper did an amazing job of explaining how FYI works during a webinar for the Ohio Children's Defense Fund.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Link to video that shares HUD's plans for moving FYI forward.
ACTION Ohio and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare were honored to work with Rosa Ailabouni, Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator, HUD Region V to help plan a virtual roundtable on May 28, 2020.
Youth Speaker Bios:
- Former foster youth Ciara Richey received an FUP voucher at age 21, which made it possible for her to continue to pursue higher education. She is currently working two jobs and attending Ohio University Zanesville. She is close to receiving a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, after which she plans to enter the Columbus Police Academy in order to become a private detective.
- Former foster youth Desaray Lavery works full-time at Arby's. She will be using an FYI voucher to move into her new apartment next month. The new apartment is close to her job, and will allow her to have a dog and work as a groomer.
Additional Speakers During the Roundtable:
- Joseph Galvan, Regional Administrator, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Region V
- Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Kara Wente, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
- Chris Patterson, Regional Administrator, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Region IX
- Joaquin Cintron Vega, President and CEO, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Sonja Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Resident Initiatives, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Cassie Snyder, Associate Director of Youth Transition Services, Franklin County Children Services
- Brianna Moore, Social Service Worker, Portage County Job and Family Services
- Travena Kaminski, Section 8 Assistant Manager, Portage County Housing Authority
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Grateful today for Chancellor Randy Gardner and his staff. They have had ongoing conversations with us, and have proactively reached out to Ohio higher education institutions to encourage them to make it possible for former foster youth to stay on campus.
We are thankful that the Ohio Department of Higher Education recognizes that, for many former foster youth, their college dorm is their only home, and their campus network is their only support system.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
ACTION Ohio was honored to work with CMHA on this video project. Kudos to Cloe Cooper for the wonderful job she did in narrating the video, and promoting the opportunity for CSCC college students with a foster care history to share their photos and insights.