Star OSU House
OHIO State University

Meet Our Founder

Natasha Slesnick founded the Star House in October 2006. She is committed to ending homelessness and its associated problems among one of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our country (homeless youth). She has been working with homeless youth since 1998. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in   Albuquerque, NM, she moved to Columbus, OH and because of a gap in services in Columbus, opened her second drop-in center. She is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science and is Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. She has over 60 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and a sole authored book focused primarily on interventions for homeless youth and families. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness, and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct randomized clinical trials to end homelessness and its associated problems among youth and families.