Home Grown Organization Launching to Help Homeless Youth in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- Home Grown is a program that is taking in young adults 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness and pairing them with community members in Humboldt county who have extra space in their homes. 

“Home Grown’s vision is to see a community that’s actively engaged to ending youth homelessness by mentoring, advocating for, and opening up their doors to youth in need,” said Joann Taijala, owner of Home Grown. 

Hosts and the perspective tenants are paired up based on their interests and life goals. 

The criteria to become a host is simple. You have to be 25 and up, have an extra bedroom, and pass a background check. 

“They work together to create a mutual housing agreement and that house agreement covers house rules and house expectations,” said Taijala.

Home Grown receives their money from small grants and individuals donations.

if you’re interested in becoming a host go to homegrownhosthomes.org