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Listen up! Minnesota Host Home Network is on the air
We welcomed in 2018 with a January 8 appearance on the KFAI public affairs show Truth to Tell. Featuring Minnesota Host Home Network director Jacqueline White; Cindy Ley, executive director of Open Doors for Youth, a drop-in resource for youth experiencing homelessness in Elk River; and Amy Perez, who participated in the Twin Cities GLBT Host Home Program as a youth. Now archived: Take a listen!

Read all about it! Making the case for supporting “informal host homes”
We’ve been listening to youth who are staying with caring adults they already know in what we’re calling “informal host homes” and lifting up their voices. Read the commentary by our director, Jacqueline White, in the Nov 2017 Twin Cities Star Tribune:
‘Hidden’ network of caring adults can be key to stopping youth homelessness

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Do good by eating good on August 7, 2017, 4-10 pm
The Lowbrow will donate 5% of your tab to the Minnesota Host Home Network and 5% to Avenues for Homeless Youth! That’s a yummy win-win! And did we mention beer on tap? Plus, Host Home Mom will be on hand to tell you all about what it takes to become a host! And as a mom, of course she’s also available to consult about healthy menu items, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

How can we best help young people who are homeless?
A presentation and guided conversation
Led by Jacqueline White, Director, Minnesota Host Home Network
11 am, Sunday, February 12, 2017, Spirt of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community
What if the “answer” to youth homelessness lay with the youth themselves? Rather than making our goal helping youth become “self-reliant,” what if we helped them create a supportive circle of caring adults?

Join us for the Minnesota Host Home Network Summit!
11 am – 3:15 pm, Wednesday October 12, 2016, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN
held in conjunction with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference
You’re invited to attend one or both of our free Summit sessions and join us for lunch, which is $20. (See details below.)  We also encourage you to attend the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference on October 11 and 12; conference attendees are welcome to join us at the Summit sessions. You can register online until September 26.

Welcoming Congregations: First Steps in Addressing Youth Homelessness
11 am – 12:15 pm

Any effort to respond to youth in a housing crisis needs to be LGBTQ affirming: LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among young people experiencing homelessness. In conservative areas, congregations designated as “welcoming” to LGBTQ people can be an invaluable resource in setting an affirming tone for all youth. Come hear from faith-based volunteers who’ve helped galvanize their communities to respond to local youth experiencing homelessness and learn about the Minnesota Host Home Network’s survey of Welcoming Congregations in Greater Minnesota.

Joe Kruse is a cofounder of the Minneapolis Catholic Worker  an intentional community and house of hospitality where he has lived for the past 5 years. The Minneapolis Catholic Worker has partnered with Avenues for Homeless Youth to provide a room and hospitality for young LGBTQ adults who are receiving case management through Avenues.  The community’s work also includes a weekly open neighborhood meal, ethical food production through gardening and working with a Catholic Worker farm in Lake City, MN, and anti-racism activism and organizing in the Twin Cities.

Ron Ofstead co-chairs the Finding Home Task Force  a social action group at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church focused on addressing needs of homeless youth in the NE metro suburbs. The Task Force has initiated a host home program and spearheaded the development of the North Star Youth Outreach Center, which recently opened at Tubman Center East in Maplewood. Ron has parented biological, adoptive, and foster care children.

Cheryl Wold coordinated the yearlong discernment program at Union Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ (UCC) in Elk River, which resulted in an overwhelming vote to become an Open and Affirming (LGBTQ-affirming) church. This commitment then led the church to ask how it could best support LGBTQ homeless youth in their semi-rural community. Cheryl is a cofounder and the current board president of Open Doors for Youth, a drop-in resource center for all homeless youth that opened in Elk River in 2015 and has already assisted nearly 100 young people.

LUNCH 12:30 – 1:45 pm
Continue our conversation over lunch with Peter Murray, faith outreach coordinator at OutFront Minnesota, the statewide advocacy organization for LGBTQ Minnesotans.

To reserve your lunch, please register online by September 26 for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless conference, enter OUTFRONT as the promo code, and the $20 lunch option will appear. You will have an option to pay by credit card or check, and to note any dietary restrictions.

The Interview Project:
How Can We Stabilize Youth-Initiated Informal Hosting Arrangements?
2 pm – 3:15 pm
Working with University of St. Thomas professor Ande Nesmith, Minnesota Host Home Network researchers are interviewing youth who’ve initiated housing arrangements with adults they already know, as well as with their hosts. They’re examining these relationships in light of the Host Home Best Practices developed by the Network, with an eye toward identifying how best to stabilize these informal hosting situations. Developing expertise in how to support these resourceful youth and their community hosts offers the exciting possibility of catching youth earlier, before their homelessness becomes more entrenched.

Ande Nesmith is a professor and researcher at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She has studied outcomes, interventions, and services for runaway, homeless, and foster youth for twenty years both locally and nationally. Currently her work focuses on innovative ways to serve youth that also engages communities.

Jacqueline White and her former partner became the first hosts in the Twin Cities GLBT Host Home program, in which young people in need of housing choose to live with trained community volunteers who provide room in their home and a caring presence. Jacqueline later adopted Amy, the young woman they had hosted. She is the founding director of the Minnesota Host Home Network, which champions permanent adult connections for young people experiencing homelessness. She also bears a striking resemblance to Host Home Mom who would really like it if you “liked” her on Facebook!  

Listen to great music on Saturday, September 17 and support us!
The Minnesota Host Home Network is a nonprofit beneficiary of Common Ground Meditation Center 6th Annual Music Festival. The festival itself is free, but donations for nonprofit partners will be accepted. This will be a day of community celebration with food, music, dancing and family fun!

This year’s festival will feature well-known musicians Passed Presents (Jayanthi Kyle & Alicia SteeleEllisDean Magraw,  Larry Long, and Linda Breitag, as well as spoken word performances by Louis Alemayehu and dance calling by Ann Carter.

So mark your calendar for noon to 4:30 p.m., 2700 E. 26th St., Minneapolis
It’ll be the place to be—Host Home Mom will be there! Please join us.