Benefits of a Host Network

Each guest household is assisted by a robust network of at least five willing individuals/families to help with their primary needs:  Friendship, English acquisition, and employment.

Because the host networks are in the same neighborhood as the guest residence, the guests are more likely to be integrated in positive ways into their new community.  This helps build a stronger, safer, and more cohesive community, rather than clustering refugees into a few areas that have abundant affordable housing but higher crime rates and fewer resources to help them succeed.

Hosting Networks are responsible for providing the physical location for refugees to reside while being supported by the hosting network. There are three living situations in which networks may host a refugee.

  • Embedded- Hosting a refugee or refugee family in your home in the same living quarters as your family.
  • Attached- Hosting a refugee or refugee family in a attached but separate living quarters. Examples include a mother in law suite, a basement apartment.
  • Detached- Hosting a refugee or refugee family in a detached location either donated by the owner or landlord or paid for with pooled resources within the network.

*Close proximity of detached housing to network families is crucial to the success of the network for the refugee’s integration.

Responsibilities for hosting families include

    1. Identify and procure a housing unit in your own neighborhood/street to accommodate a guest family’s profile. Assist as needed with housing-related needs such as setting up utilities, finding furnishings, and coordinating household repairs. Oversee welcome and provide a community orientation to grocery stores, public parks, etc.  Check on guest family regularly.
    2. Assist families with finding employment.  
    3. Assist with obtaining needed medical services,
    4. Assist with use of public transportation, rides, etc.  
    5. Work with RAN to become familiar with resources and programs that may be helpful to your guest family.   
    6. Help setup and assist with school, sports & extracurricular programs, daycare, and other children’s/youth needs.  Help the children/youth integrate with positive neighborhood peers.
    7. Language practice/tutoring at least once weekly.  Practice may take place in informal settings.  Assist families with finding employment.
    8. Coordinate & provide invitations to local social & community events–including small group gatherings–multiple times per month to help the guest family become socially integrated in the neighborhood.