Second Home is a community response to the difficult problem of providing housing for unaccompanied, homeless youth while they attend high school.
Second Home, a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, works together with the homeless liaisons of the Beaverton School District, the Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center of the Mayor's Office, and volunteer home-providers to find stable housing for young people who want to finish their high school education. We have recently expanded the program to serve students in Lincoln County and Gresham-Barlow School Districts, as well. Second Home is a ground-breaking example of how a community can respond to the issue of youth homelessness and support those who want to finish their high school education.
Home Provider Q & A
>> How does the program work? Home-providers offer room and board to the student while they attend high school. All home-share arrangements are governed by rental agreements and house rules that the families and students negotiate together with the help of the Second Home staff and a volunteer mediator from the Dispute Resolution Center. Students and home-providers are matched up to form a home-sharing relationship. Support for the participants comes from both the Second Home staff and from the community. This is truly a community undertaking to improve the lives of our young people.
>> How long will it take to be matched with a student? The waiting time to find a match is highly variable and depends on the students who are entering the program, their needs and your needs. Since you both must agree that you want to live together, it is as much your decision to live with a student as it is their decision to live with you. When you are deciding to become a home-provider for a student, it is important that you understand that there may be a period of time between signing up and finding the right student to live in your home.
Student Q & A
>> What if I don't like them after I move in? Everyone in this program uses a mediation process to make an agreement before moving in, so you will have time to get to know the home provider before you make a decision about whether or not you want to live there. You also get to have a say in the house rules, so if you feel like something isn't going to work for you, you have an opportunity to negotiate a different rule. If there are problems once you are in the home, our staff is available to help you work through the issue or to find another place to live.
Second Home in the News
Feb. 14, 2017, EMO's Second Home program featured in the Gresham Outlook