3624 Midland Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13205
Phone: 1.800.660.6999 / 315.471.7628
The Salvation Army has been the primary provider of services to runaway and homeless youth in Onondaga County since 1979. Booth House was the first runaway shelter in New York to operate under the New York Sate Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and certified by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
Booth House is a shelter and counseling service for runaway and homeless youth, ages 13-17 (those younger than 13 will be determined on a case by case basis). During times of crisis, youth are able to access shelter services for up to 60 days. Services may be initiated by contacting our 24-hour hotline. The Salvation Army provides residential and non-residential services to over 800 runaway, homeless and high-risk youth annually.
Booth House is certified to provide emergency housing through two distinctly different formats: a 15-bed group shelter and county-based “host families”. By offering these two different kinds of shelter options, Booth House is able to meet the unique needs of the vast majority of young people requiring services. In addition, Booth House offers a variety of crisis services including family mediation, case management, home schooling, living skills and recreational activities.
The principles of youth development are integrated into each of the programs offered at Booth House. The voluntary aspects of the program are fully reinforced and Booth House incorporates youth participation in program activities, as well as program decision-making. This is a best practice method designed to achieve optimum engagement from youth receiving services.
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