We're providing emergency temporary housing. What have we missed?
April 14, 2014 12:41 PM Subscribe
Starting in two weeks, we are providing emergency temporary housing in our basement for a 19-year old who was kicked out of his home. What do we need to set up / what haven't we thought about yet?
posted by QuantumMeruit to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I responded to a plea on a local LGBT support group mailing list, requesting assistance for a 19-year-old non-gender-conforming youth who abruptly became homeless last week after being kicked out of his house by his parents (apparently, for non-gender-conformity). He stayed for a night with a friend in a group home, but as he is over 18 he is ineligible for longer-term assistance there.
After we made sure his short-term, immediate needs were taken care of, we agreed to take him on for approximately a month, starting in about two weeks and ending no later than the end of May, when he graduates from a professional certificate program.
We have room in our house -- we have a finished "English basement" with its own entrance around back. There's a full bath and a microwave and a fridge and freezer there, too. The basement area is currently used by me as a home office and the kids as a (very cluttered) playroom.
We plan on re-keying the lock to the back porch and installing a lock on the basement door. We need (sporadic) access to the basement to get to the utility room and the fridge. We plan on extending a fairly open invitation to the kid to join us for meals and to use our laundry machine.
We have four kids, oldest is 11 years old. I'm trans and have been full-time for two years, and the kids have lots of experience around gender-nonconforming people besides me.
My wife gave the kid a ride a few days ago, and he struck her as polite and driven (he was putting himself through the certificate program). Also, the first thing she did before she met him was to clarify what name and pronouns he wanted us to use. Our house is not very accessible via public transportation, and my wife has already discussed how rides to/from the nearest bus stop might work into our schedule (short answer: only with difficulty).
YANML and I'm not looking for legal advice about landlord/tenant law. But practical advice along the lines of, "Hey, have you thought about ____" would be helpful.