Become a Host Home Caregiver
Recognizing that safe and stable homes for homeless or near homeless pregnant and parenting youth and their children are not readily available in Arizona, Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) designed and established the Starting Out Right for Homeless Parenting Youth Program (SOR HPYP); a community and volunteer-based program utilizing an innovative host home model.
What is a host home?
We’re glad you asked. Host home caregivers open their safe and stable homes, and their generous hearts, to a homeless or near homeless pregnant or parenting youth, ages 16-21, and their child. Acting as a host home caregiver is a powerful and unique experience and proves to be gratifying and empowering for all involved.
Each host home has a designated SOR HPYP Case Manager to help support the relationship between the host home family and the pregnant or parenting youth and their child, while providing seamless supportive services to guide the young family towards a successful future. Items such as pack-n-plays, car seats and highchairs are provided by the SOR HPYP Case Manager. Additionally, host home caregivers are provided a monthly stipend of $200 to help offset the costs related to caring for the pregnant or parenting youth and their child.
Host homes are needed in 5Arizona counties: Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, and Cochise County. Please consider opening your home and your heart to this vulnerable population by completing an application below.
More information about the program model is available here.
If you are interested in hosting a pregnant or parenting youth in your home, please contact us for additional information and an application.
Extended residential shelter in home setting for participants and their children
Transitional living plan from supervised participation to independent or other appropriate living arrangement
Service coordination plan - participants will receive referrals to social services, law enforcement, educational services, vocational training, welfare, legal services, health care, legal services, health care programs, affordable child care, and/or child education programs
Basic life skills and counseling services
Individual and/or group pregnancy health and childbirth education
Instruction in money management, budgeting, and consumer education
Parenting skills and developing healthy relationships