In 2017, the Coalition for the Homeless and our partners launched a new Rx: Housing initiative to end homelessness among unaccompanied young adults. Alarmingly, the Coalition noticed that, from 2008 to 2009, 2009 to 2010, and again from 2010 to 2011, the number of homeless young adults in Louisville doubled, reaching a peak of 562 in 2013. In 2015, we counted 418 young adults aged 18-24 living in adult emergency shelter or on the streets, plus an additional 450 youth below the age of 18 served at YMCA Safe Place, our partner agency that exclusively serves youth.
There are many opportunities to get engaged and to assist us as we aim to end young adult homelessness; please see some of those below. To read more about Rx: Housing Young Adults, including our plan to end homelessness among this group, click here.
Are you willing to spend time with a young person several hours each month?
- CASA of the River Region (youth 12-17) – Call (502) 595-4911
- Family and Children’s Place (teens 14-18) – Call (502) 893-6048
- Louisville Youth Group (LGBTQ youth 14-20) – Call (502) 587-7755
- Orphan Care Alliance (foster care youth 12-18) – Call (502) 498-4765
- REimage (court involved youth 16-24) – Call (502) 574-4139
- Y-NOW (youth up to 18 with an incarcerated parent) – Call (502) 855-5143
Can you commit to hire a young person and help them learn the basics of employment?
- REimage (court involved youth 16-24) – Call (502) 574-4645
- SummerWorks (16-21) – Visit http://summerworks.org/hire
- YouthBuild (18-24) – Call (502) 290-6121
Will you help provide food, day care or address other needs of local non-profits?
- Home of the Innocents (homeless youth 18-24) – Email email@example.com to volunteer or babysit
- Kristi Love Foundation (victims of human trafficking) – Call (502) 408-3129 to donate food or volunteer at the shelter
- Restorative Justice (court involved youth) – Visit http://rjlou.org/get-involved/volunteer to volunteer
- TAYLRD/CenterStone (16-25) – Call (502) 589-8600 to donate food, clothing, and provide resources for youth
- Volunteers of America (18-24 parents) – Call (502) 636-4641 to volunteer and babysit
- YMCA Safe Place (youth up to 24) – Call (502) 635-5233 to become an outreach volunteer
- YouthBuild (18-24) – Call (502) 290-6121 to donate garden products or volunteer
Everyone can contribute large or small to a local non-profit working to serve homeless youth.
Click here to make a donation to the Coalition for the Homeless; and under “Designation,” please write “Young adults,” to ensure that your donation goes toward our coordinated initiative to end young adult homelessness. Here also are a list of all partner organizations, should you be interested in making a donation specifically to one of them rather than to the group initiative.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana – www.bbbsky.org
- CASA of the River Region - www.casariverregion.org
- Centerstone - www.centerstoneky.org
- Center for Women and Families - www.thecenteronline.org
- Coalition Supporting Young Adults - www.connectlouisvilleyouth.org
- Coalition for the Homeless – www.louhomeless.org
- Family and Children’s Place - www.familyandchildrensplace.org
- Family Health Centers - www.fhclouisville.org
- Family Scholar House - www.familyscholarhouse.org
- Home of the Innocents - www.homeoftheinnocents.org
- Jewish Family and Career Services - www.jfcslouisville.org
- Kentucky Shakespeare - www.kyshakespeare.com
- Kristy Love Foundation - www.thekristylovefoundation.org
- Legal Aid of Louisville - www.laslou.org
- Louisville Free Public Library - www.lfpl.org
- Louisville Urban League - www.lul.org
- Louisville Youth Group - www.louisvilleyouthgroup.org
- Restorative Justice of Louisville - www.rjlou.org
- Salvation Army - www.salvationarmyusa.org
- True Up - www.trueuplouisville.com
- Uspiritus - www.uspiritus.org
- Volunteers of America Midstates - www.voamid.org
- Wellspring - www.wellspringky.org
- YouthBuild - www.yblky.org
- YMCA Safe Place - www.ymcasafeplaceservices.org
Thank you for your generosity toward homeless young adults in Louisville. It is only through the efforts of those in our community that we will be able to end the cycle of homelessness for these young people. To help in any other way, or with questions, please contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org.