Youth Emergency Shelters
The Center for Youth is the best organization to turn to for young people seeking to deal with, explore, or understand issues of importance to them – from their perspective, and on their terms. Started by kids, for kids, all Center services – from counseling, to shelter, to education, to referrals – are rooted in, and delivered with the knowledge that youth want to, and can, take responsibility for their life choices.
585-271-7670 (24 Hour Help Line)
Alternatives for Independent Youth (AIY) aims to provide stable living situations for independent youth, including maintenance of stable housing, establishment of income source and accomplishment of other objectives determined by the youth and case manager as required for independent living. A plan for developing parenting skills may be established for youth that are also parents.
The Emergency Shelter component provides short term shelter placement for RHY-Runaway and Homeless youth, ages 10-18 years of age. The shelter component utilizes Hillside foster homes and is available for up to a 7 day placement. Case management services is provided to the youth and their family with a goal for the youth to be re-united home or to be placed within an alternative living situation.
Monroe County youths with the goal and ability to live independently are eligible.
Salvation Army established Genesis House in 1981 as an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Rochester and Monroe County. The mission of Genesis House is to decrease homelessness among youth, provide for their health and well-being while in the shelter, strengthen family relationships, re-unite youth with their families whenever possible and discharge youth to stable living conditions.
Genesis House is a 14 bed facility open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The program provides emergency temporary shelter, food, counseling and life skills instruction for up to 30 days, and case management, referrals, advocacy and linkage services for up to 12 months to runaway and homeless youth and their families. The program serves approximately 250 male and female youth per year between the ages of 16 – 20.