Star House's drop-in center opened in October 2006 as part of a federally-funded National Institute on Drug Abuse study (NIDA)—facilitated by Dr. Natasha Slesnick and her team from The Ohio State University—to examine strategies to engage, treat and reintegrate substance-abusing homeless youth to the mainstream.

We operate the nation’s only drop-in center that hosts continuous, best practice research.

As the first drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness in Central Ohio, our center is the bridge between the streets and more traditional and intensive services. In our first year, we served 250 individual youth.

Original 1,800-square-foot Star House

Original 1,800-square-foot Star House Drop-in Center

Today, Star House continues to operate the only drop-in center in Central Ohio for youth who are living without a permanent place to call home—as well as the only drop-in in the nation with continuous, onsite best practices research. In 2019, more than 1,300 individuals and their children were served.


New 14,000-square-foot Star House Drop-in Center