At Valley Youth House, we envision a world in which every young person belongs to a nurturing community. Bridge2Home: a Host Homes model program connects youth/young adults who are experiencing housing instability with volunteer hosts that are willing to provide support and offer stable housing in their private family residence. Valley Youth House developed the Bridge2Home program, in collaboration with the Western PA Continuum of Care Youth Subcommittee, nonprofits, and Offices of Children & Youth to address the needs of the region’s homeless youth. The Bridge2Home program has since expanded into Allegheny County to address local demand for youth-centered housing services, with support from Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
This program serves Pennsylvania youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability located in Allegheny (ages 18-24), Armstrong, and Westmoreland counties (ages 16-24).
Youth may be living on the street, in shelters, in out-of-home care, or other situations where youth are unstably or temporarily housed. Additionally, the program may serve youth who are couch-surfing (ie: living transiently with extended family or other adults).
Using the agency’s expertise in residential services for youth, Valley Youth House provides:
• Recruitment and training to individuals/families that will be Host Homes to youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability
• Background checks for Host Home individuals/families, ensuring the safety of the relationships between Host Home providers and formerly homeless youth
• Case management for youth to help them maintain stable housing after the conclusion of services
• 24-hour on-call crisis support for Host Homes individuals/families
Are you an individual/family inquiring about becoming a Host Home?
VYH Staff Present: “Creating a Continuum for Youth Experiencing Housing Instability” (Handout)
Are you an individual looking for housing or would like more information about Bridge2Home, please contact:
Host Home Coordinator
Valley Youth House
This program is a partnership with Point Source Youth.
Not located in Allegheny, Armstrong, or Westmoreland counties, but are looking for services? Eastern, PA: call Valley Youth House at (610) 691-1200 or email info@ValleyYouthHouse.org. Or find your local Safe Place HERE or text “SAFE” and your location (street address, city, and state) to 4HELP (44357) for interactive texting.