The LGBTQ Center of Durham’s Host Home Program (HHP) serves transition aged youth (18-24 years old) who are experiencing housing instability in and around Durham and the Triangle region. Under the facilitation of the Program Coordinator, KC Buchanan, community members who volunteer to host a youth in need of immediate, short term housing are identified, screened, and trained with the goal of providing a safe and affirming space for up to 6 months.
During their stay in a Host Home, and as they prepare to stabilize into a permanent housing situation, young adults receive intensive, Housing 1st-oriented case management services that connect them to needed resources in the community. Through our Case Manager, Amber Esters, young adults will be directly connected to resources such as job counseling and assistance, mental health services, and financial literacy services, as well as supported through setting and pursuing education and other goals and finding community with others who have shared, lived experiences. 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 save money, and to achieve permanent, stable housing while receiving wrap-around supports will afford 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 intersectionality and anti-oppression. We intentionally uplift the experiences of all marginalized youth, especially those who are people of color and LGBTQ+, however, youth do not have to be LGBTQ+ to receive HHP services.
The HHP strongly emphasizes participation by LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming Hosts and is open and welcoming to youth ages 18-24 of all identities and experiences.
The HHP officially launched in June 2019! Please continue to Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for continued updates on the program and upcoming events and information sessions for folx interested in becoming a host!
For more information and any questions about how you can support our work, contact [email protected].
The Host Home Program is made possible with support from the North Carolina Community Mental Health Block grant funding / SAMHSA.