Not in My Back Yard - Site of Future Youth Drop-In Center

Signs of Gentrification

Not in My Back Yard - Site of Future Youth Drop-In Center

Cleveland, Ohio 44115, United States

Created By: Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless


The Youth Drop-In Center at the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) will serve anyone from the ages of 16 to 24 who is experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness through a variety of services. The drop-in center will provide services such as laundry, clothing, hot showers, meals, and personal hygiene products and will provide a safe and comfortable place for young adults. It is not a shelter; however, they will provide housing placement assistance/housing support, case management, behavioral health care, and benefits assistance.

Many near west side residents welcome the teens, holding true to the neighborhood’s long history of welcoming immigrants, unhoused people and other folks in need of social services. However, a few vocal neighbors have exhibited a “not in my backyard” (or “NIMBY”) mentality toward young adults seeking services and community connection. Although LMM has been granted a variance approval by the Board of Zoning Appeals, a lawsuit has been filed by NIMBY neighbors in an attempt to prevent the Youth Drop-In Center from opening. This space has historically provided health and wellness services, but until the lawsuit is settled, it cannot reopen as a youth drop-in center.

To show support for LMM and the teens who are organizing the fight for their rights, you can follow @LMMCleveland on social media to be kept up to date on the latest developments. You can also express your support publically through your own social media posts!

This point of interest is part of the tour: Signs of Gentrification


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