This demonstration project explored the benefits of utilizing a host home emergency shelter model to provide basic center services in rural areas. Eighteen Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees with a service area population of 20,000 people or less participated in the full 3-year study cycle.
It was difficult for agencies to complete the licensing process as there are no uniform standard for licensing requirements between states and in some cases even between local jurisdictions. Many host homes did not possess the capacity to provide the services required for basic center programs. Some of these deficiencies were administrative; in other cases the deficiencies were a result of a failure to provide critical services such as counseling, Community Service Learning opportunities and prevention education services. Aside from staff capacity, the lack of services in their respective rural community still created barriers to access. Many youth experiencing homelessness reported that receiving services in their tight knit community did not afford necessary privacy. Some youth were uncomfortable with the home like-setting and preferred a group home environment.
Report Title: Rural Host Home Demonstration Project
Agency Sponsor: ACF-ACYF, Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Federal Contact: Gloria Watkins, 202-205-9546
Performer: RHYTTAC, Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance, University of Oklahoma
Record ID: 9722 (March 31, 2012)