Having a safe and stable place to call home is an immeasurably important resource that many of us take for granted. AFFEC will providing homes for youth referred to the 15th Night network, who are maintaining regular attendance at school, so they can experience this necessity, while completing their secondary education. The host home matching system is mirrored after that of our mentoring program, in that it matches youth with volunteers on a strengths and needs basis. These homes are split into two categories- short term and long term. Short term housing providers will house a youth as they enter the program, for up to 30 days, unless a bond is formed between the pair. While staying in this home, the youth will work with AFFEC to determine who can provide them with the most successful long term placement. The long term housing providers will house the youth for the duration of the high school career.
This sounds like a big commitment and it is. Housing providers are not allotted monthly stipends for supporting the youth and they assume a parental role in the relationship. However, the pair will be supported throughout the duration of their match by AFFEC and the 15th Night network. By being connected to the network, AFFEC can help youth get their Oregon ID, food stamps, clothing vouchers, and other necessities. It is not expected that those taking youth into their homes will take on a heavy financial burden when providing this service. However, we do have certain requirements to be a host home. Housing providers must:
- Have an available, private bedroom for the youth that has a bed, a window, and space for them to store their belongings.
- Have at least one adult, age 26+, who permanently resides in the home.
- Have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Have either renters or house insurance.
- Have an economically stable living situation.
If you believe that you could provide a youth in need with a place in your home, AFFEC encourages you to apply. The process for becoming one of our housing providers is as follows:
- Fill out a volunteer application. If you are looking at the form and Host Home is not listed, fill out the mentor portion of the application and indicate that you are applying for Host Homes.
- Complete a background check and pass a sex offender registry check.
- Pass a reference check. You will provide 3 references in your volunteer application that the program director will contact individually.
- Have a homestudy completed. This involves a member of the AFFEC staff asking you a series of questions and touring your home.
- Complete the orientation period.