From NBC 4 Columbus:
Residents and organizers celebrated the first anniversary of the Carol Stewart Village in Franklinton, a place designed to help at-risk youth find stable housing, healthcare, and prepare them for success.
“It kind of puts you on the right track once you have the stability of housing,” said Jay Kerr, a recently placed resident of the village.
Kerr says he was 19 when his foster parents kicked him out of the house.
“I was couch surfing for about seven months and then once you run out of friends, you just…have nowhere to go. I was sleeping in Weinland park for about six months,” Kerr said. “I have to say, it changed my life. It really did."
The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority said it is committed to making sure the village is around for years to come, announcing $7 million in funding for the village over the next 15 years.
Read NBC 4's article "Columbus housing for those who age out of foster care celebrates 1st anniversary," featuring the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.