In the United States today, 1.35 million children are likely to experience homelessness over the course of a year. Poverty, high school dropout rates, lack of affordable housing, teen pregnancy and clashes in cultures are some of the factors associated with the noted increase in the number of homeless and runaway youth nationwide.
About the Host Homes Program
We provide short-term emergency shelter to homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17 for up to 21 days. In order to provide youth with safe, loving, and stable homes, the program recruits and trains both English and Spanish-speaking individuals and families as host families.
Once a youth is placed in the home of a certified family, the LAYC Host Homes Program provides supportive services to the youth, the host family and the youth's biological family.
Admission criteria for youth:
Become a Host Parent or Family
As a host parent you can help:
As a host parent you will gain:
Who can be a host parent?
Prospective host parents can be single or married individuals or couples, with or without children, English- or Spanish-speaking, renters or homeowners, etc. Interested applicants from Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia are welcome to apply.
All host parent applicants must: