Aura Host Homes

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Boys and Girls Clubs work for positive change in the Calgary community by improving the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families in five areas. From a shelter for homeless youth to vital support programs in the community, our services recognize and respond to the emerging needs of kids and families; particularly those most affected by complex social and economic issues.

Aura Host Homes

The Aura Host Homes program provides an alternative to the shelter system for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning and two spirited youth. LGBTQ2S+ youth are over represented in the homeless population and often avoid shelters because they feel it is unsafe. Aura Host Homes provides youth with safe place where their sexual orientation and gender identity is respected and celebrated.

Impact for Youth

Youth will have the opportunity to live in an approved home with a host parent. The program’s goals will be to end a youth’s experience of homelessness by offering safe and supportive home. In addition the program will provide ongoing support for youth and host parents as youth work to develop the skills, natural supports and other resources necessary to transition into adult independence. The project will serve 16 LGBTQ2s+ youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness.

Replication

  • Host family screening process (available soon)
  • Staff to support youth and host families

Contact Information

Kim Wirth

Director, Youth Housing & Shelters

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

Direct: 403-520-1530

kwirth@bgcc.ab.ca

www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca

Category

Host homes, housing

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