New Sheakley Center should help combat youth homelessness in Cincinnati

Lighthouse youth and family services is opening a new center to serve homeless youth (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Lighthouse youth and family services is opening a new center to serve homeless youth.

The new Sheakley Center is a $20 million, four-story facility.

Nearly 40 percent of the area's homeless are under the age of 25. And the number is growing.

Now, the only local agency focused on serving homeless youth is growing as well.

Lighthouse Youth and Family Services is leading the effort to end youth homelessness in Cincinnati by 2020.

The goal is to get people between the ages of 18 and 24 into safe housing as quickly as possible.

Now, there is a new facility to help meet that effort.

The new Sheakley Center for youth houses 36 shelter bedrooms, 39 apartments, a day resource center, teaching kitchen, health care and laundry facilities, and teams of experts in mental health and substance abuse.

Leaders will officially open the facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday along with an open house from 3-5.

By expanding its capacity, Lighthouse can help three times as many young people get into independent housing.

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