Starting Out Right for Homeless Parenting Youth Program

Recognizing that safe and stable homes for homeless or near homeless pregnant and parenting youth and their children are not readily available in Arizona, Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) designed and established the Starting Out Right for Homeless Parenting Youth Program (SOR HPYP); a community and volunteer-based program utilizing an innovative host home model.

What is a host home?

We’re glad you asked. Host home caregivers open their safe and stable homes, and their generous hearts, to a homeless or near homeless pregnant or parenting youth, ages 16-21, and their child. Acting as a host home caregiver is a powerful and unique experience and proves to be gratifying and empowering for all involved.

Each host home has a designated SOR HPYP Case Manager to help support the relationship between the host home family and the pregnant or parenting youth and their child, while providing seamless supportive services to guide the young family towards a successful future. Items such as pack-n-plays, car seats and highchairs are provided by the SOR HPYP Case Manager. Additionally, host home caregivers are provided a monthly stipend of $200 to help offset the costs related to caring for the pregnant or parenting youth and their child. Initially, home caregivers that complete an application and are approved to move through the host home process to become a host home caregiver, are eligible to receive an additional one-time stipend of $500 once the youth is placed in the host home.

Host homes will be established in 7 Arizona counties: Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai. Please consider opening your home and your heart to this vulnerable population by completing an application below.

More information about the program model is available here

If you are interested in hosting a pregnant or parenting youth in your home, please email us at sor@azyp.org

Program objectives
  • EXTENDED RESIDENTIAL SHELTER IN HOME SETTING FOR PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
  • TRANSITIONAL LIVING PLAN FROM SUPERVISED PARTICIPATION TO INDEPENDENT OR OTHER APPROPRIATE LIVING ARRANGEMENT
  • SERVICE COORDINATION PLAN- PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE REFERRALS TO SOCIAL SERVICES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, WELFARE, LEGAL SERVICES, HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE, AND/OR CHILD EDUCATION PROGRAMS
  • BASIC LIFE SKILLS AND COUNSELING SERVICES
  • INDIVIDUAL AND/OR GROUP PREGNANCY HEALTH AND CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION
  • INSTRUCTION IN MONEY MANAGEMENT, BUDGETING, AND CONSUMER EDUCATION
  • PARENTING SKILLS AND DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
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For more information contact:

Laura Pedersen sor@azyp.org

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