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Louisville Agencies Responding to a Rise in Homeless Young Adults


Louisville’s Coalition for the Homelessis asking for the community’s help in reducing the number of homeless young adults.Coalition Executive Director Natalie Harris says officials began noticing a trend last year, when member agencies reported an increasing number of young people in crisis."Last year, 555 young adults from 18-24, lived as adults in our adult shelters here in Louisville.  And that really broke our hearts.   It made us think that we were not realizing what was going on in our own community," she said.Harris says two surveys of 100 young adults in crisis found that no one was helping them with decisions like school, their future, and how to obtain food, clothing and housing. Harris says in response, her organization and 25 partner agencies have formed a group called the Coalition Supporting Young Adults.    It’s recruiting mentors and raising money for services such as a new YMCA drop-in center where homeless young adults can go for a shower, wash clothes and find access to other services.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.