Runaway/Homeless Youth

The Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau has been the lead planner and founder for Runaway and Homeless Services in Monroe County since 1979. Through the continued commitment and collaboration of the Runaway and Homeless youth service provider agencies, our community offers a range of services to runaway and homeless youth which include crisis counseling, emergency shelter, on-going case management and transitional housing.

The emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all youth in Monroe County up to 21 years of age. Runaway and Homeless Services are provided in accordance with the 1978 and 1986 NYS Runaway and Homeless Legislation in order for youth to access safe, voluntary shelter and supportive services. Youth may access these services on their own, with or without parental permission, with no fee.

Each service will address the youth’s basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, and access to health care) as well as supportive counseling services in an attempt to resolve the problems that caused the youth to run away. If returning home is not an option, staff will work with the youth in finding a safe alternative.


Monroe County Emergency Housing Unit

If you are seeking emergency housing and are 16-17 years old and it is during regular business hours (8:00-3:00) call: 585-753-6687. If you are 18-20 during regular business hours (8:00-3:00) go to 691 St. Paul St. for assessment and intake.

If it is after 3:00, please call the After Hours Placement Line: 585-442-1742. The Emergency Housing Unit will assess your situation and will connect you to resources and housing that are appropriate for your situation and age.

The Center for Youth

905 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Center House office: 585 473-2464
24-hour hotline: 585 271-7670 or toll free: 888-617-KIDS

Center House is a twelve-bed co-ed shelter for youth ages 12 - 18; Chrysalis House is a transitional living home for pregnant and parenting young women. The Center for Youth also has a transitional living program, case-management, volunteer family host homes, prevention education services, school-based services and Street Outreach services.

Salvation Army Genesis House

P.O. Box 41210, Rochester, NY 14604
24-hour hotline: 585 235-2660

Genesis House is a fourteen bed, co-ed shelter for youth ages 16-20, with case managementservices, life skills training and after care.

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