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Host Home Program

265 youth in Mesa County are facing homelessness and you can help.


What is the Host Home Program?

The Host Home program provides housing, case management, and support to homeless youth age 16-22 in local homes. It’s like an uncle or aunt’s house, a place where you stay for a year or two to get back on your feet.

The host family receives services and a stipend from Karis. If you have a spare room in your home, you can provide youth experiencing homelessness with the safety and security they need to reach their full potential. You can give them a HOME.

My hosts are great people. They really care, and you know they care. Not everyone is like that.

Marie, 18

My hosts helped me see what it looks like when people have your best interest at heart… all the time

Chris, 18

I have my own room with a window that I can open whenever I want to…
Sean, 20

Services & Staffing


The Host Home Program offers:

• Crisis Assessment

• Case Management (Employment Assistance, Housing Planning, Referrals, Support)

• Therapy

• Community Groups


The Host Home Program is staffed by our Case Manager and Advocate.


What Makes the Host Home Program Unique

High Self-sufficiency

Youth in the Host Home Program are moving aggressively towards self-sufficiency. Most have jobs and/or are attending school.



We track HOME outcomes however since the sample size is so small, we do report out on these.

    3 Easy Steps To Becoming A Host Home

    1. Complete and Pass a Background Check

    2. Have a Home Study/Interview and Safety Check

    3. Initial training/ Orientation (2 hrs)

    For More Information:

    For more information about our Host Home Program, or to apply to become a Host, please apply using the link below. You may also contact us directly:

    Kayla Landis, Host Home Program Coordinator

    [email protected] • 970-822-3262

    Read our Host Home Values

    Apply To Be a Host Home Today!

    • Accepted file types: pdf.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers in the Host Home Program provide respite and support for families. If you are interested in volunteering with our Host Home Program, please fill out our preliminary volunteer application to get started.