Serving young people ages 18-24 in King County

The host home program is designed to support young adults who are unstably housed or at risk of losing their housing within King County. The program provides young people with the space and opportunity to build independent living skills, gain stability, develop lasting relationships, and focus on goal attainment by matching young people with a caring and supportive host family.

This program is funded by the Raikes Foundation and the Medina FoundationNew Horizons has partnered with the YMCA on Host Homes to perform community outreach.


Host families are volunteers from the community who willingly offer a room in their home to provide safe, short-term housing to young people who are unstably housed or at imminent risk of losing their housing. Host families must be able to provide up to six months of room and board to a young person, age 18-24 who is working toward stabilization. The Accelerator YMCA will recruit, screen and train all host families prior to a young person being matched.

  • 21 years or older

  • Live within King County

  • Has a spare bedroom/private space within home

  • Pass a background and reference check

  • Has homeowner/renters insurance


  • 18-24 years of age

  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

  • Lives within King County

  • Has a case manager

  • Working toward housing, education, employment or other stabilizing goals.


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Read this article by YMCA of Greater Seattle President & CEO, Bob Gilbertson.


Please visit our FAQ page for additional information on Host Homes.


Interested in other opportunities to house young people? Check out our Foster Care program!