HOST HOME PROGRAMS
The Host Home Programs are community initiatives involving local schools, faith communities, civic organizations, and service providers. The mission of these programs is to address the housing needs of homeless youth by connecting them with caring adults from their own communities who are willing to provide safe housing and support. This ‘outside-the-system’ response to youth homelessness is a community and volunteer-based approach to provide housing and support to youth ages 16-24.
The objectives of the Host Home Programs fall into two main areas:
1. Providing safe and supportive housing to youth experiencing housing instability by building upon the capacity and caring that exists within the Twin Cities community.
2. Working with others organizing for social justice, especially racial and economic justice. We advocate for moving beyond just responding to homelessness and, in fact, making social changes needed to truly end homelessness.
At full operation, the Host Home Programs will provide transitional living arrangements for 30+ homeless youth ages 16 to 24 in a safer and supportive host home. The program recruits and trains adult volunteers to be host homes, then youth choose a volunteer host home, so that the youth may continue to live, attend school, and work within their home communities.
The GLBT and ConneQT Host Home Programs support LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness. The GLBT and ConneQT Host Home hosts are LGBTQ identified themselves or are allies. The Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program support all youth throughout Minneapolis and the Hennepin County suburbs.
New: Drop In Hours at Queer Avenues!
The GLBT Host Home Program and ConneQT Host Home Program will be hosting drop-in hours for GLBTQIA young people (ages 16-24) experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Young people should expect support, resources and a safe place to be in community and hang out.
Drop in hours are every Thursday (except holidays) from 4 pm – 8 pm at Queer Avenues, 771 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul MN 55114. Entrance is in the back alley – look for door with Avenues’ signage.