Host Homes for Homeless Youth
A Safe Haven for Homeless Youth in Northwest Michigan
Itâ€™s hard to believe we have young people who are homeless in our community. When a high school student is homeless, staying in school, maintaining good grades, and graduating is challenging. Our region has taken an important step in addressing this need by offering homeless students a Host Home in which to live. We invite you to read this information and consider being a host home for homeless youth.
Host Homes for Homeless Youth is administered by Catholic Human Services and delivered with support from Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD). We serve students who are enrolled in schools in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties. The program is licensed by the Michigan Department of Human Services as an Independent Living Program.
Why donâ€™t these teens have a stable living arrangement?
The Host Homes Program provides support to adolescents who are unaccompanied â€“ which means they are not living at home with a parent or guardian. Students are homeless for a variety or reasons. Many are faced with an environment that is no longer a safe place for them to live because of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse and/or parental drug abuse.
The risk for these teens â€“
Without stable living arrangements teens are likely to engage in high-risk behavior for day-to-day survival. They may participate in illegal activities to meet their needs for shelter, food, transportation and clothing. They are also at high risk for dropping out of school.
Our goals are:
1) to provide safe, stable, supervised homes for homeless high school students
2) to enable students to finish high school
3) reunification with their own family when appropriate
Host Homes: How It Works
The program is voluntary for both the student and the Host Home. A student may reside with the Host Home for a few days or up to the completion of a school year.
If you are interested in becoming a Host Home â€“
- Complete an application.
- Undergo a criminal background check.
- Meet and interview a potential guest student.
- Receive training and ongoing support.
- Receive a $10 per night stipend to assist with daily living expenses.
- Sign a Participation Contract.
- Meet and Interview the potential Host Home provider.
Legal guardian or parents must:
- Delegate Power of Attorney to the Host Home provider.
Host Homes: Ways to Help
Host Homes for Homeless Youth is in need of respite providers to offer short term assistance to existing Host Home families.
For information on becoming a valuable host home provider, or to make a donation to the program, please contact:
Host Homes: Supporters
Funding for this program (both past and present) has been provided by many grants and generous contributions. We would like to thank the following for their support:
United Way of Northwest Michigan
Rotary Good Works Committee
The Campbell Foundation
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundationâ€™s Youth Advisory Councils of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties
The Schmukal Family Foundation
John & Matilda Schumsky Foundation
Childrenâ€™s Trust Fund of Michigan
Zonta Club of Traverse City
Michigan Womenâ€™s Foundation
Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools
Jan & Edward McCall