Host Home

Will you be a Home Host for a young person?

  Would you consider housing a youth (age 18-24) for up to 6 months? You can make a difference in their future! Host Homes support young people who are at risk of or are currently without housing. Hosts have various backgrounds and experiences. Hosts can be single or married, and represent a wide range of race and ethnicities, cultures, and religions. 

Host homes are an arrangement between a community member and Oak Tree Youth Resources with the states Rural Collaborative on Runaway and Homeless youth. For up to 6 months, the community member provides a youth needing shelter with a private bedroom and bathroom, some food, and sometimes transportation, while Oak Tree Youth Resources provides program coordination, youth support, and case management services, as well as up to $300/month payment to Home Host. Contact us if all of those in your home can a pass vetting process and background check. We seek to make a positive impact on Colorado youth. Together, we can walk with area youth into a safer future and avoiding youth living without housing.

Whether aging out of Foster Care or a young person just needing a safer place to live, Oak Tree Youth Resources seeks to offer housing assistance for youth ages 18-24 who are ready to receive supportive services. Short-term host homes are an intervention for youth who are or might soon be without housing for any variety of reasons. The goal of short-term host homes is to provide a temporary, welcoming space where the young person has time to repair their relationships with self-identified family or make decisions about other housing options with the support of a caring housing case manager. After interviewing each potential resident, we will assess if they are ready for services that are a part of living at Oak Tree Youth Resources in Durango, Colorado. We approach each person through steps that focus on the individual. Together, creating a strength-based action plan. Young adults in our housing program can be partnered with a mentor who works with them to:
-explore their individual backgrounds
-assess their strengths and needs
-identify personal and professional goals
-enroll the youth in appropriate supportive services
-help youth access resources including healthcare, education, employment, mental health and wellness treatment.

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