working with hosts
Caring and supportive hosts are what makes the Host Homes program so successful. This alternative housing option for young people who might need more support than what a shelter or transitional housing can offer would not exist with without these important people opening their homes.
What hosts can provide in the program?
A sense of safety for the youth
A listening ear, moral support
Basic needs: 2 meals a day, access to basic household amenities, a private place to sleep in a warm bed
Life skills education: how to cook, do laundry, wash dishes etc...
Additional supports if they choose to do so like driving the youth to work or school, connecting young people to job opportunities, homework help.
What hosts get out of the program?
A daily per diem to help offset the costs of having another person in their home
Support from the Community Agency to help mediate any arguments or issues
Support from the Community Agency to set up a living agreement to ensure all parties are aware of their responsibilities
A sense of giving back to the community
The opportunity to watch young people thrive when they have the support they need
Building friendships with the young people
Application & Screening Process