Short-term Host Homes provide a safe and welcoming space for 1 - 6 months for youth experiencing homelessness.

Short-term host homes are an intervention for youth who are currently experiencing homelessness for any variety of reasons, including but not limited to family conflict, poverty, gender identity and sexual orientation. The goal of short-term host homes is to provide a safe, temporary, welcoming space for up to six months where the young person has time to repair their relationships with self-identified family or make decisions about other housing options with the support of a caring housing case manager.

Successful implementations of short-term host homes have generally been volunteer-based programs, with stays lasting from three to six months; however, other successful implementations addressing community needs have existed in the short-term housing system. Providing short-term host homes are a cost-effective and successful model for preventing youth homelessness in a wide range of cases.

Host homes are currently being used in numerous cities across the United States, including: Minneapolis, Baltimore, Louisville, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, San Jose, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Rochester, Seattle, and others. Each community uniquely implemented the host home program to fit the needs of their youth. As with any program implementation, there is a mix of messy and magical moments that define this housing intervention.

Los Angeles

‘Anything could have happened to me. But no, a person decided to open their house to me and let me live with them for a couple of months. And right now I have a peace of mind.’

We are so grateful for our partners in California like Safe Place for Youth for introducing us to such amazing youth like Relly and Helen, who shared with us how programs like host homes have completely transformed their lives. 


‘It's all going to be a domino effect to where more people wanna help, more youth will get involved, and that's when the real change starts.’

Ken Slack, an amazing youth participant in the Avenues for Homeless Youth Host Home Program, sat down with us to talk about his experience with his two hosts, Nick & Steve. Listen to their stories, and hear how host homes have changed their lives.  


We sat down with two Host Home volunteers and two amazing young people to hear them speak about their experiences and why they decided to join Host Home programs in Baltimore. Thank you to St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center in Baltimore, MD for their amazing work!

Host Homes Handbook

Our Host Homes Handbook is a valuable 119-page full color resource for those looking to start Host Homes programs in their own communities. Feel free to browse through our handbook online, download one for yourself, or we will even send you a free copy!

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Your first copy is free and we will ship it to you for free!
Any additional copies are $20 each to offset some of our direct printing costs.

Watch More Host Homes videos below

Lessons Learned from Host Homes in Los Angeles / Rachel Pedowitz & Michal David

Watch Rocki Simões & Ken Slack from Avenues for Homeless Youth talk about Host Home programs.

Learning from Canada: How Communities Use Host Homes / Elisa Traficante

How We’re Implementing Host Homes in Baltimore / Renee Stainrod & Karen Heyward-West