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What is a Host Home?

The Host Home Program offers a unique alternative for youths who find themselves couch surfing, sleeping in their cars, bouncing between motels, or staying in emergency shelters.

At HRY we match youths with volunteers like you. We help them create a healthy and supportive environment, where they are able to focus on their education and find ways to be successful moving forward.

Types of Host Homes

Some youths need housing for a short period of time, a couple of weeks to a few months to help them reestablish a relationship with a parent/guardian or space to reflect on their current situation. While others need a long-term place to stay while they are finishing school and make plans for their future.

Becoming a Host

Our goal at HRY is to provide training, support, and ongoing resources for both the host home providers and youths. Pairing youth with a host family takes time. Each step is facilitated by HRY staff, who helps take into account the needs and interests of everyone involved. To find the best fit the matching process is individualized to meet the needs each host and youth.

Getting Involved

Interested in working with youth in the Midcoast region? Email housingresourcesforyouth@gmail.com to get a copy of the Host Home application, background check form, and to set up a time to speak with an HRY staff member.

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