Imagine having to hide parts of your identity from the people you love the most, or sleeping on your friend’s couch with little privacy while trying to graduate from college during COVID-19?
It can be hard for a young person to deal with anything else when basic needs like housing are unmet or unstable. In San Francisco, almost half of youth who are homeless or in unstable housing are LGBTQ+. Everyone deserves to have their fundamental needs met so that they can move beyond survival and actually begin to thrive.
Be part of a group of ten to fifteen volunteers this year who help young adults feel at home by providing the gifts of stability, positive relationships, and the opportunity for young adults to work on their dreams and goals. But most importantly, to have a safe home.
The San Francisco LGBT Center’s Host Homes Program matches San Francisco volunteer hosts with young adults (ages 18 to 24) who need stable housing for a period of three months to one year. During this time, the young adult pursues their education and employment goals alongside support from our case management team, and is then positioned to find their own housing after the program period ends. The young adult participants have previously experienced unstable housing situations like couch surfing, sleeping in cars, and living in non-affirming households.
Please note that there is no financial obligation for the host—we offer hosts food stipends and reimbursements for shared utilities. We ask only that hosts provide a safe, welcoming space with access to a bathroom and a kitchen.
To learn more about the program and hear participants’ stories go to sfcenter.org/hosthomes, or to connect with a current volunteer, contact us at email@example.com or 415-852-2059.