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Housing Iowa Conference

Success with Shared Housing and Host Homes to Combat Homelessness

September 4, 2019, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM








Jean-Michel Giraud,  President/CEO, Friendship Place
Raquel (Rocki) Simões, Avenues for Homeless Youth

Two leading voices in the effort to combat homelessness with innovative solutions will share why shared housing and host homes have recently been elevated to best practices in the industry.

Jean-Michel Giraud has advanced the entire homeless services system in the Washington, DC Metro Area by drawing on over two decades of clinical experience in human services, expertise in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, and commitment to person-centered programming. He is a pioneer of innovative program models, including shared housing. Jean-Michel’s focus on cost-effective, permanent and rapid solutions to homelessness has been lauded by the DC government, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and countless homeless service advocates.

Shared Housing (living space that is shared by single adults looking for increased affordability) is quickly coming to its own as a service model. The model not only appeals to residents, who secure cheaper living situations through it, but also to landlords who see it as a practical way to increase utilization on some of their units. 

Raquel (Rocki) Simões, youth host home expert of Minneapolis-based Avenues for Homeless Youth will share the ins and outs of the host homes model as a creative approach to assisting homeless youth.

Youth homelessness is not just an urban problem. Suburban and rural communities throughout the country struggle to provide supports to young people experiencing housing instability.

Avenues for Homeless Youth in Minneapolis runs the GLBT, ConneQT, Minneapolis, and Suburban Host Home Programs. Host home programs are an “outside the system” community and volunteer-based response to youth homelessness. Volunteers open their homes to young people looking for living stability, basic needs support and healthy connections.

Categories:   Homelessness
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