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In the United States today, 1.35 million children are likely to experience homelessness over the course of a year. Poverty, High School dropout rates, lack of affordable housing, teen pregnancy and clashes in cultures are some of the factors associated with the noted increase in the number of home-less and runaway youth nationwide.

What we do to help:

Based in Prince George’s County, MMYC operates a Basic Center program through our Host Homes. We provide short-term emergency shelter to homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17 for up to three weeks (21 days). To provide youth with safe, loving, and stable homes, the program recruits and trains both English and Spanish-speaking individuals/families as Host Families.

Once a youth is placed in the home of a certified family, the LAYC/MMYC Host Homes Program provides supportive services to the youth, the Host family and the youth's biological family.

What services do we provide?

  • Emergency Shelter for up to three weeks;
  • Crisis Intervention;
  • Individual, group and family counseling;
  • Psychosocial assessments;
  • Advocacy;
  • Referrals;
  • Case management;
  • Transportation

Youth’s Criteria for Admission

  • Youth must be 12-17 old for home stay;
  • Youth must be homeless or runaway;
  • Youth cannot be actively using drugs. If so, youth must be actively participating or willing to participate in a treatment program;
  • Youth must not be considered a danger to self or others; and
  • Youth must be willing to comply with the objectives agreed upon in treatment plan.

A Host Parent Helps by:

  • Protecting youth by providing a safe place;
  • Providing a positive stay; and
  • Positively influencing the life of a youth.

Who can be a Host Family?

Prospective host families can be married, single, or in domestic partnership, with or without children, English or Spanish-speaking, renters or homeowners, gay or straight. Interested applicants from Montgomery or Prince George's Counties are welcome to apply.

Host Family applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have enough space in their home for a youth;
  • Be financially stable and able to provide for their family;
  • Commit to a 6-hour pre-service training;
  • Be willing to work as part of a team; and
  • Provide a safe and supportive home.

To apply to become a Host Family, contact us at (301) 431-3121 ext. 129.

Click here to submit a Host Homes inquiry form.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:11

MMYC Locations

LAYC/MMYC at Silver Spring
8700 Georgia Avenue, Suite 500
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Telephone: (301) 495-0441 

LAYC/MMYC at Langley Park
7411 Riggs Road, Suite 418
Hyattsville, Maryland 20783
Telephone: (301) 431-3121

LAYC/MMYC at Riverdale
(Center for Educational Partnership
6200 Sheridan Street
Riverdale, Maryland 20737
Telephone: (301) 779-2851

LAYC/MMYC at Germantown
Germantown One-Stop Center
12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, Maryland 20874