About Us


We invite your involvement!
The Minnesota Host Home Network invites community volunteers and social service staff from across the state to join us for our quarterly Huddles. We gather for networking, group problem-solving, and training. The Huddles also serve as a confidential forum to help us shape our research agenda. Past participants have hailed from tribal nations, and rural, suburban, and urban locales. We’re here to support your community effort to address youth homelessness. Please contact Jacqueline at jw@jacquelinewhite.net if you would like to participate!

Our advisory board
Craig Cox, director of business operations, Experience Life magazine
Andrea Jenkins, director, Transgender Oral History Project, University of Minnesota
Jerry Lane, executive director (retired), Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance
Josephine Pufpaff, senior program manager, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)

Our director Jacqueline White
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In 1998, 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 a room in their home and a caring presence. Jacqueline later adopted Amy, the young woman they had hosted. Read about her experience as a host and adoptive mother here. A white woman, Jacqueline is a trained racial justice facilitator with the YWCA and the former editor of Assets magazine published by Search Institute, the international research pioneers on youth resiliency. She also bears a striking resemblance to Host Home Mom!

Our history
The Minnesota Host Home Network began in 2014 as a special project of the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies Foundation (now AspireMN). We transitioned to become our own organization with fiscal sponsorship through MAP for Nonprofits in 2015. In 2017, MAP and the Nonprofits Assistance Fund merged; we continue to receive fiscal sponsorship through this joint entity.