The Host Home Program provides youths with the opportunity to obtain safe, stable, housing in their own community. Our program recognizes the importance of youth connection to school, friends, and other natural supports. HRY works to assist youth in maintaining these key relationships in order to be successful. The Host Home Program offers a unique alternative for youths who find themselves couch surfing, sleeping in their cars or outside, bouncing between motels, or staying in emergency shelters.
The Host Home Program works with youths, and community volunteers to create a healthy, stable and supportive environment for everyone. Youths find themselves in tough situations where they might have been kicked out, feel unsafe at home because of drugs, alcohol, violence, or an untenable situation. The goal of the Host Home Program is to provide a safe place where the youths can focus on their education, and finding ways to be successful moving forward.
Some youths explore reunification with their family, while others focus on finishing school and graduating. The Host Home Program is youth driven, and allows them agency to choose from our pool of volunteer hosts. HRY helps set up expectations, guidelines, and boundaries around each housing situation and length of stay.
Being a Host Home is a powerful and unique experience. Our goal at HRY is to provide training, support and ongoing resources for both the youth, and the host homes alike.
BECOMING A HOST HOME
In order to be considered for hosting a youth the host family must:
Be at least 25 years of age and live in the greater Brunswick/Topsham/Bath area;
Complete a Host Home Application, which includes information such as:
Complete and pass background checks through the Maine Criminal History Record Information, the Sex Offender Registry Search, and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Identity History Summary Check (Applies to all adult members in the home over the age of 18);
Supply three character references;
Complete an in home interview, with all individuals living in the home present;
Allow HRY staff to conduct a safety inspection of the home;
Complete HRY Host Home training;
Have an extra bedroom or private area to house youth
Provide documentation for each family member noting overall health and the absence of communicable diseases;
Be dedicated to providing at-risk youth with a safe, supportive environment to thrive.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Housing Resources for Youth
12 Stone St, Brunswick, ME 04011, US
Our mission at HRY is to ensure access to safe and stable housing for homeless and at-risk students. HRY works to enable youth to complete their education, reunify with their families when appropriate and make successful transitions to post-school life.
HRY is a Maine based non-profit organization seeking to reduce the number of homeless youth in our local community. Our team is working with a nationally recognized approach called the Host Home model. This model matches youths to vetted and trained volunteer homes in order to help the youths stay in their communities.
Respect for each youth’s dignity and individuality;
Appreciation for youth’s strengths, accomplishments, as well as their struggles;
Acceptance of their diverse background, and the impact it has on their emotional and mental development;
And on the part of HRY, a deep commitment to learning and meaningful development, for the youth in our community, our growing network of host families, and the people who support our work.