LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The number of homeless young adults is rising in Louisville and city officials are asking the community to step up as mentors, donors and volunteers in an effort to bring the numbers down.
The Courier-Journal cited the city's homeless database in reporting that 555 people between the ages of 18 and 24 slept in homeless shelters last year. Natalie Harris, director for Louisville's Coalition for the Homeless, said that's more than double the number in 2010.
City leaders and advocates held a joint news conference to ask the community for help in dealing with the problem. Mayor Greg Fischer urged Louisville residents not to "walk the other way and say it's not my problem."
Harris said a survey shows many of the young adults don't have any help.
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