WHY WE EXIST

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Our Mission

We exist to do whatever it takes to lift youth out of homelessness and into a community of hope.

Star House operates Central Ohio's only drop-in center for youth, ages 14-24, who are experiencing homelessness. At our drop-in center, youth are provided access to food, clothing, hygiene items, laundry facilities, showers and a safe place to be. Beyond basic needs, our clinical team provides therapy and case management, and partner agencies provide on-site and community-based access to stabilizing resources, such as housing, transportation, health care, employment, education, addiction services, legal aid, government benefits, ID cards and more. In addition, Star House provides social services at Carol Stewart Village (CSV)—a neighborhood for young adults, ages 18-24, with on-site programs and services.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

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Basic Needs at a Safe Place

  • Meals

  • Kitchen

  • Clothing

  • Laundry

  • Hygiene Items

  • Showers

  • Restrooms

  • Mental Health Therapy

Connections to Stabilizing Resources

  • Housing with on-site services for up to 62 youth at Carol Stewart Village. 

  • ID Cards

  • Transportation

  • Legal Aid

  • Housing Assistance

  • Rental and utility assistance through Star House's Housing Flex Fund, sponsored by Anthem

  • Government Benefits (Medicaid, Food Stamps)

  • Case Management

  • Guests' Children Welcome On-site

Health & Wellness

  • Medical Exam Room

  • Counseling

  • STI & HIV Testing

  • Addiction Services

Connectivity & Technology

  • Wifi

  • Computer Lab

  • Mailboxes

  • Phone Booth

Employment & Education

  • Job-seeking Assistance

  • On-site Job Opportunities

  • Workforce Development

  • Employment Networking

  • Education Supports
    (Enrollment, Completion)

  • Dropout Recovery

Enrichment

  • Art Studio

  • Musical Instruments

  • Basketball

  • Yoga

  • Gymnasium

  • Gardening

  • Mentorship

WHAT YOUTH EXPERIENCE

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Factors Star House guests say led to their homelessness:

  • Job loss and unemployment

  • Inability to afford rent, even when employed

  • Kicked out by family or friends

  • Violent or abusive relationships

  • Inability to afford other expenses (e.g. utilities, transportation, car repair)

Youth statistics—BEFORE coming to Star House:

  • 59.8% experienced some difficulty getting enough to eat

  • 61.5% experienced some difficulty obtaining clothing

  • 32.5% experienced some difficulty obtaining medical care

  • 57.4% experienced some difficulty meeting their hygiene needs

Youth statistics—SINCE coming to Star House:

  • 17.8% report some difficulty getting enough to eat 

  • 24.9% report some difficulty obtaining clothing 

  • 13.6% report some difficulty obtaining medical care 

  • 10.1% report some difficulty meeting their hygiene needs

Of those with issues meeting basic needs prior to coming to Star House:

  • 90.1% find it easier to get enough to eat

  • 89.4% find it easier to obtain clothing 

  • 78.2%  find it easier to obtain medical care

  • 95.9% find it easier to meet their hygiene needs