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March 29, 2017

How to Help Homeless Young Adults in Louisville

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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.

On August 1, we became one of five cities in the country to launch the 100-Day Challenge to accelerate our efforts to end homelessness among young adults. We will need the entire community to meet our ambitious goal of housing 100 young adults in 100 days.

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 in family court up to age 18) – 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 11-15 with a parent who is or has been incarcerated) – 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 volunteerservices@homeoftheinnocents.org 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.

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 nharris@louhomeless.org.