Host Home Program

Do you have a place to live?   Do you have a friend who is crashing on your couch with no other options?   Did your parents kick you out because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?   We are here to help.   Come to Time Out Youth Center and talk with a staff member. Our Host Home Program can help from one night to 90 days with housing.

At Time Out Youth being homeless can mean different things:

  • Couch surfing
  • Sleeping at a friend house/abandoned building
  • Sleeping in your car
  • Sleeping in a hotel room your friend bought
  • Living in a shelter
  • Sleeping in a bus/train station

Time Out Youth’s Host Home Program helps LGBTQ youth who have been kicked out their homes due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.  

The goal of the program is to help youth become independent and self-sufficient.  While talking part in this program, youth will have access to one on one staff support for job search, life skills training, counseling, financial assistance and much more.

Who uses the Host Home Program?

All types of youth come to the Center for help with housing.  We have staff and volunteers who want to make sure you are safe with food, a safe place to sleep and support. Here are some of the things that Host Home youth have said about the program: 

“My Host Home Providers became the parents I never had.”

“Time Out Youth and The Host Home Program saved my life.” 

How do I get in the program? 

  • Be 18-23 years old.
  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning.
  • Be drug-free and willing to submit to a drug test.
  • Submit to a criminal background check.
  • Be employed, looking for employment, or in school.

Due to state regulations youth 17 years old and younger are placed with The Relatives and With Friends, two local short-term youth shelters that provide housing and services.  Both agencies have strong working relationships with Time Out Youth Center and are welcoming to LGBTQ youth.

Time Out Youth staff will help youth under 18 with this process.

How do I get started to find housing?

  • Call or drop by the Center- 704-344-8335.
  • Complete a housing application and interview.

If you are in an emergency, it is after our office hours, or if you are not in the Charlotte area, you can contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-4UTREVOR or the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000.  

Additional resources and helpline information can be found on our Resources page.