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HOST Recognized as Promising Practice

November 20, 2017

Statewide organization Schoolhouse Washington recently featured a case study about Mason County HOST (Housing Options for Students in Transition) and highlighted the organization as a promising practice and innovative local program for working with students who are homeless.

Mason County HOST helps students who seek to earn a high school diploma, GED, or technical certification—but face barriers to reaching their goals because of the homeless crisis they are experiencing. The program connects a student with a family that offers up its home as a safe, stable, and temporary place to live until the student graduates. Students are also offered life-skills training, help with college applications, and assistance in finding a job.

So far, of the 160 students Mason County HOST has worked with, 157 have graduated high school and 83% have gone on to college. The Community Foundation has awarded more than $120,000 to HOST over three years, which enabled them to significantly increase student participation.

“Everything looks good right now,” says Jesus Acosta, who is earning good grades at CHOICE High School in the Shelton School District. “I plan on getting a job and saving up my money to pay for college. It’s a lot, but it’s not unmanageable.”

The case study also features an uplifting story about a HOST family – an older sister who is providing her little brother a stable home and, as a result, helping him realize his full potential both as a student and as a young man.

Click here to read the full case study.

November 20, 2017

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