HOST Home Program

The HOST (Housing Opportunities Supporting Transition) Program provides temporary housing to youth and families in transition. Volunteers in the community open their hearts and homes to individuals in need.


Participants in need of HOST Homes are navigating difficult situations including:

  • Unemployment or loss of housing
  • Financial difficulties
  • Postpartum depression
  • Illness or hospitalization
  • Incarceration of a parent


The HOST Program includes:

  • Training, support and screening for HOST families
  • A strong commitment to reunite the family as soon as possible and seek sustainable housing options
  • Other avenues of support including: meals, supplies, and financial gifts
  • Opportunity to host children and families of various ages
    • Early Childhood (Birth-5)
    • School Age (6-11)
    • Teens and Young Teens (12-15)
    • Transitioning Teens (16-20) including pregnant and parenting teens
    • Families seeking emergency housing


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does a participant live in a HOST Home?
A: Participants usually stay with their HOST family for 2-6 months


Q: Are participants screened before entering a HOST Home?
A: All participants are referred by a professional in the community. They provide us the details about the participants’ history, which can be shared with the HOST family once the participant signs a release.


Q: What kind of training is required to be a HOST Home?
A: All HOST families attend our HOST Home Program orientation, The Matthews House volunteer training and 8 hours of self-selected trainings per year.


Q: How is HOST different from Foster Care?
A: Our participants are voluntarily entering our HOST Program and bio parents never lose custody of their children. Foster Care is court mandated and generally occurs when child abuse has been documented in the home, whereas the HOST Program helps people in crisis who don’t have family or friends to help them while they get back on their feet.


Q: How do I become a HOST family?
A: First, email and we’ll provide you an application to complete. Once the completed application is submitted, we’ll schedule a home study and meet with you and your family. All HOST families must complete a background check. Then you’ll be ready for your first placement!


Q: I can’t be a HOST Home right now. How else can I help?
A: You can provide meals for our HOST Homes, or support us with a financial donation.