Youth Homelessness
Host Homes for Youth

Host Homes for Youth

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Through our Host Homes for Youth, good neighbors in the Brainerd Lakes area provide shelter and support for youth who are facing crises and need a safe place to stay.

Youth ages 18 and younger who are experiencing crises or emergency situations can voluntarily select placement with a licensed foster care volunteer for up to 21 days. During that time, LSS professionals work closely with hosts, youth and their families toward family reunification when possible, or to identify safe living accommodations.

If you are a young person in need of emergency shelter, please call us at 888.828.4383.

Training & Expectations of Hosts

A volunteer host’s most important responsibility is providing support and consistency to a young person struggling with instability.

LSS provides hosts training on:

  • Setting appropriate boundaries
  • Youth trauma and resiliency
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Understanding our commitment to anti-racism work

Ideal Hosts:

  • Have a spare bedroom a young person in the program can call their own
  • Are open-minded, non-judgmental and self-aware
  • Provide a caring and stable home life
  • Stay in regular contact with program staff

Expectations of Participants

Young adults in the program will meet and communicate regularly with the program case manager. Participants will be expected to follow house rules and attend monthly house meetings facilitated by program staff.


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