I need a safe place to stay. Can Huck House help with housing?
The Huck House Crisis Shelter offers a temporary safe place to stay for teens ages 12 to 17 who are struggling with a disruptive, dangerous, or difficult situation at home. The average length of stay at the shelter is three to five days, and we work to help you safely return home whenever possible. If you’re 17 or older, we can help link you to safe housing options. We also offer a Transitional Living Program that can help young people learn how to establish homes of their own. Learn more about our programs.
Where is Huck House, and what if I need help getting there?
Huck House is located at 1421 Hamlet Street in the Short North area. If you can’t safely get here on your own, our Safe Place Partners can help. To find a Safe Place site, send a text to 69866 with the word SAFE and your current location. Learn more about our Safe Place Program.
If I come to your shelter, can I bring my cell phone?
Yes. You are allowed to have your cell phone and other devices at Huck House. But you might not have a connection to WiFi. We just ask that you do not take pictures of other youth while you are here. We also encourage you to keep your cell phone in our office where it can be kept safe. Learn more about our Crisis Shelter.
Do I need my parent or guardian’s permission to stay at Huck House?
Huck House staff will contact your parent or guardian within 24 hours of your arrival at Huck House. Our staff members are really good at convincing guardians to allow young people to stay here. We explain how helpful we can be for you and your family. We encourage you to come in and talk to us, and we will do our best to get you permission to stay.
I’m not ready to leave home. Yet. But things with my family are getting bad. Can you help?
Absolutely. Our Family Support Program provides individual and family counseling to young people and families struggling with all types of issues including trauma, substance abuse, identity confusion, and immigration and assimilation problems. You don’t have to be currently facing a crisis situation to take advantage of our services. In fact, the program is designed to help you prevent a crisis before it happens. Learn more about our Family Support Program.
If I’m 18 or older, is there anything Huck House can do to help me?
Our Crisis Shelter is only for teens ages 12 to 17. But we do offer programs tailored to the needs of older youth, including our Family Support Program and Transitional Living Program. We also have a new YOP Shop that serves youth who are 12 to 24 years old. Located in the Linden area, the YOP Shop is open Monday through Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm, and staffed by counselors who can help link you to safe housing and other essential resources. Learn more about our programs.
Have a different question? Click here to learn more about our programs and how we can help. Or call Huck House at (614) 294-8097. You can also call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline (614) 294-5553 for immediate assistance.