Host Home Program

Focusing on the future.

The LGBTQ Center of Durham’s Host Home Program (HHP) works with transition age young adults (18-24 years old) who are experiencing housing instability in Durham County and the Triangle region. 

Being in the program.

During their stay in a host home, and as they prepare to stabilize into a permanent housing situation, young adults receive intentional, wrap-around case management services that connect them to needed resources in the community. Through our case manager, young adults will be directly connected to resources such as job counseling and assistance, mental health and health services, financial literacy services, and more. Young folx will also be supported through setting and pursuing education and other individual goals and finding community with others who have shared, lived experiences.

Being a host.

Under the facilitation of the program coordinator, community members who volunteer to host a young person in need of housing are identified, screened, and trained with the goal of facilitating a safe and affirming space for young folx for up to 6 months. Monthly stipends are available for Hosts who would not otherwise be able to take a young person in without financial support, and ongoing Host support and monthly Host Meetups are offered for all Hosts in the program. 

For more information and any questions about how you can support our work, contact [email protected] or fill out our Host Interest Form below.

 

Finding a Safe Space Shouldn't Be Hard.

If you are a young person in need of supports and housing, please complete our Young Adult Interest Form linked below. We want to make this process as easy as possible, so take a moment and let us know a little about you.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the host home model is that providing time and space for youth to find respite from the traumatic experience of being homeless, to have the space to save money, and to achieve permanent, stable housing while receiving wrap-around supports will afford the best possible outcomes for long term stability and a thriving community of young folx in and around Durham and the Triangle.

As with all programming offered by the LGBTQ Center of Durham, the HHP is community-led and informed and operates under the frameworks of anti-oppression, intersectionality, and trauma-informed care. We intentionally uplift the experiences of all marginalized folx, especially those who are Black and Brown and Queer and Trans; however, participants do not have to be LGBTQ+ to be in the HHP.

The HHP strongly emphasizes participation by Black and Brown and LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming Hosts and is open and welcoming to young adults ages 18-24 of all identities and experiences.

Important things to know about our host home Program:
  • Our program does not offer emergency housing. The young adult intake process can take up to a month before a host home match is made.
  • Because of the intentional nature of our case management and support services, this program is not a good fit for every young person in need. We need to see motivation, responsibility, and consistent communication from all of our clients. Engagement with our case manager is, therefore, essential, and expectations are high. 
  • The best fit young person is someone who is ready to take that next step towards independence and just needs a little help to get there. 

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