LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The fight is on the keep a local YMCA center for homeless teens open.

The Safe Place street outreach program serves dozens of young adults every day.

Last month, program leaders warned staff they may be shutting down at the end of the year due to lack of federal funding.

"It would be a real loss to not have that ability to build those relationships and support when the kids fall and when they're succeeding, and that's kind of what we do here,” said Tricia Eskridge, Senior Program Director of YMCA SafePlace.

Program leaders say several agencies have stepped up and offered to help since they made that announcement.

The organization is now hoping it will be able to maintain as much programming as possible, if not all of it.