Everett, WA — Nonprofit service provider Cocoon House based in Everett, WA is rolling out a new nationally-recognized, community-based approach to providing short-term shelter for youth ages 12-17. The Connections Host Home Program is creating a community of volunteer host homes in Snohomish County where a youth can stay temporarily while Connections staff work toward reunifying the teen with their family or to secure long-term housing.

The host home model allows young people to stay close to their home and in their community while continuing school and staying connected to their natural supports. The program also provides community members a tangible way to reduce teen homelessness in their own communities.

Volunteer host homes will receive comprehensive training and have a dedicated staff to support them before and during the youth stay.

Information sessions for interested individuals and families are scheduled every Thursday from noon to 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information on how to attend an information session, email hosthomes@cocoonhouse.org or call 425-737-5419.

What is Cocoon House?

Since 1991 Cocoon House has been the leading provider of shelter and homelessness prevention services to youth and families in Snohomish County. Cocoon House’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness for youth and young adults and envisions a world where every young person is healthy and thriving.

Professional staff offer youth and young adults case management, mental health referrals, job and school assistance, housing navigation and life skills training. Cocoon House serves more than 2500 young people a year through outreach, housing, and prevention. Learn more about Cocoon House and Host Homes at www.cocoonhouse.org.

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