Host Home Program
Thanks to the United Way Home for Good Initiative, Safe Place for Youth was recently awarded funding to test and pilot the first L.A. based Host Homes program for youth experiencing homelessness. Host Homes programs have been tested and implemented throughout the UK and North America as an innovative, way to respond to the growing need for emergency shelter options that are safe, non-stigmatizing, and developmentally appropriate for youth.
Host Homes programs offer a grassroots, low-cost intervention that emphasizes relationship development and true community integration.
70% of SPY members are sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation when they first come to Safe Place for Youth. The lack of available, accessible shelter resources significantly hinders the housing and employment search for many, and can put young people at undue risk by prolonging their length of time on the streets.
How to Become a Host:
Hosts must go through the standard volunteer onboarding process, including orientation and a background screening, and must be willing to participate in an additional 1 day training. Hosts will be equipped with knowledge of positive youth development, trauma and resiliency, appropriate boundary setting and effective communication techniques. Hosts and guests will have ongoing support from the Host Homes Coordinator and will meet each other to discuss expectations and hopes for the program, before any host agreements are signed. Safe Place for Youth will also be recruiting respite hosts who would be willing to have a young person in their home for one to two weeks at a time.