Star House opened in October 2006 as part of a federally funded study to examine strategies to engage, treat and reintegrate substance-abusing homeless youth to the mainstream. As the first drop-in center for homeless youth in central Ohio, Star House was the bridge between the streets and more traditional and intensive services. Our mission with the Ohio State University was three-fold: research, teaching and service. With a budget of $150,000 per year and operating only Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., we served 250 youth in 2006 alone.
Today, 1,200-1,500 homeless youth live on the streets of central Ohio, and Star House remains the only drop-in center for them – as well as the only research-based, drop-in center in the country. Our budget has increased to $945,000 per year, allowing us to remain open 24/7 for their support. In 2014, we served 724 youth, who visited Star House more than 17,000 times.