The Coalition for the Homeless started its 100 Day Challenge on Tuesday. The group’s goal is to find housing for at least 100 homeless young adults by Nov. 8.
In 2016, there were 443 homeless people ages 18 to 24 living in Louisville and an additional 450 people younger than 18 served by YMCA Safe Place Services.
“We have some real issues in our community that we are going to have to address if we are going to address youth and young adult homelessness,” said Natalie Harris, the coalition’s executive director. “I think we’re up for the challenge, and I think that we will see the support of our community.”
After its yearly census, Harris told Insider in April that many shelters were maxed out and that families and young adults were being turned away nightly.
In late 2016, the coalition announced a plan to end homelessness among unaccompanied young adults by the end of 2020. The plan, called Rx: Housing, is similar to one created to end veteran homelessness, which housed 1,100 veterans in the community. This put the rate of veteran homelessness at “functional zero,” the coalition said.
“As a formerly homeless youth, people are finally going to see these issues and maybe rally together to end them,” Homeless Youth Advisory Board member Sara Awayid said.
Louisville is one of five cities selected to participate in the 100 Day Challenge. The project is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and private donors.
More info on the 100 Day Challenge can be found at LouHomeless.org.