As with all of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Youth Housing and Shelter services , our ultimate goal is to have this experience be the youth’s last experience with homelessness.
LGBTQ2S+ youth are over represented in the homeless population and often avoid accessing services because of concerns of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Aura Host Homes provides youth with a safe place where their sexual orientation and gender identity is respected and celebrated. Young people will have the opportunity to live in a supportive and affirming home with a trained host parent where they can strengthen their relationships with natural supports, connect to community and end their experience of homelessness.
The goal of Aura Host Homes is to end a youth’s experience of homelessness and to provide them with an alternative to accessing the shelter system, by offering a safe and supportive home in the community. In addition, the program will provide ongoing support for youth and Host Home providers as youth work to develop the life skills, natural supports, and connect to the resources necessary to transition into adult independence. Youth and Host Home providers will be assigned a support worker who will provide ongoing support with goals, safety, advocacy, establishing a transition plan and connecting with community support networks.
Who can access Aura?
The Aura Host Homes program will provide specialized homes for 16 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ2S+) youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Both youth and Host Home providers will receive case management support from Aura staff.
For more information, please contact:
Aura Host Homes Coordinator