ABOUT HOST HOMES

HOST HOMES VALUES

Though Host Homes, programs are designed with their local communities in mind. Additionally, the values of these programs remain consistent:

 

  • Everyone has the right to be met with compassion, accepted without discrimination and treated with respect and dignity 

  • Embrace diversity and inclusion, encouraging everyone to contribute towards solutions on homelessness in positive and meaningful ways 

  • We can accomplish more when we work together, sharing knowledge, expertise and resources

  • Act ethically and accountably in decision-making, and open and honest in communications

  • Everyone has the right to be treated as an individual who is entitled to exercise any belief, value, or sexual orientation

  • Everyone should have access to trauma-informed and harm reduction strategies

RAISING THE ROOF'S ROLE IN HOST HOMES

Raising the Roof is currently assisting frontline partner agencies with the evaluation of their existing Host Homes. In partnership with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada, we are conducting the research to show the importance and effectiveness of these programs.


As a result of this evaluation, we will be able to:

 

  • Help existing programs improve in any way necessary

  • Support youth-serving agencies interested in developing their own Host Homes

  • Be prepared to support pilot evaluations of new programs

  • Provide proof of concept to government and private funders when applying for grant opportunities
     

WHAT IS HOST HOMES?

Host Homes provides a safe, temporary, home-like environment for youth who are experiencing or at-risk of entering homelessness. This shelter diversion strategy is paired with wrap-around, youth-driven services provided by a local community agency. Youth have a private room in the home of approved volunteer hosts for approximately 6 months while working with a caseworker to repair relationships with family (however they choose to define this), focus on education or employment goals, and make decisions about housing options.

WHY HOST HOMES?

  • Youth have the autonomy to decide on what services would benefit them the most and whom they would like to live with

  • Existing models show it is cost-effective and successful in preventing youth homelessness

  • Youth are able to stay in their community and maintain existing natural supports

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Content by Pamela Sariyannis. 

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