Host Homes for Youth
Programs managed by local organizations serving youth that recruit people who have a spare bedroom and are willing to provide a temporary place to stay for youth in crisis situations who have few options. Many of these residences provide meals and some help with transportation or other needs. Case management and other services may be provided by the agency responsible for the program. Length of stay varies from a couple of nights to 3-6 months. Age requirements for residents also vary, some serving individuals older than age 18 while others can serve younger youth, often 16 years and older. Some programs are youth shelter diversion programs, an alternative to shelters for homeless youth, while host homes in rural areas without shelters may be the only option. And some host homes may serve special groups within the population e.g., homeless youth who identify as LGBTQ.