Lighthouse Youth Services, police agencies partner to combat youth homelessness

CINCINNATI – New help is on the way for the city’s homeless youth who’ve been the victims of sexual assault or trafficking.

A partnership comprised of Lighthouse Youth Services, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cincinnati police and a number of organizations and agencies will mount a new joint effort to combat youth homelessness by bolstering existing services and adding substance abuse and education services.

“When you’re working with homeless young adults and teens, what you find out is there are a host of mental-health issues, and there is substance abuse, and they’re all at high risk for victimization,” said John Keuffer, program director at the Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth. “It’s a social condition that we’re trying to improve.”

WCPO Insiders may read more about the human trafficking in the Tri-State and the  new measures aimed at addressing the growing problem.


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