Emergency Host Homes
What is this intervention?
Emergency Host homes are emergency short-term placements in volunteers’ own homes in the community for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Hosting services are often aimed at young people with low support needs, but exist for other groups too, such as people who have been refused asylum. The process of matching and ensuring suitability of a host home and providing support to the person to move on from the host home is generally undertaken by a not-for-profit organisation.
What is its goal?
Emergency Host homes aim to provide a safe place for someone to stay either while family relationships are repaired so they can return to their previous home or while a suitable move-on option is found – for example, their own tenancy in shared housing or in supported accommodation. Such schemes are intended to prevent people from rough sleeping or falling into hidden homeless situations.