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Host Home Services Available at EPI

posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

As of May 1, EPI began offering a new and exciting service available for persons called Host Home Services.

Through our Host Home Services, EPI helps people with a variety of needs find a supportive, family-like setting where they can gain independence and form strong, lasting friendships.

We carefully match individuals with disabilities to the best home fit for their needs by engaging people who are willing to open their homes and hearts to support persons with disabilities.

Why should someone consider becoming a Host Home Service provider?
Host Home arrangements are intended to provide a private home experience for people with disabilities. Home providers not only offer a residence, but give support, companionship, and opportunities for individual growth. In return, home providers enjoy the satisfaction of making a positive difference in another person’s life, training, as well as a generous tax-free monthly stipend.

What supports are needed for adults with disabilities?
As a home provider, you will:

  • Provide daily support for a person with disabilities, including assisting with medications, personal care, meals, medical appointments, shopping, transportation and more, just like you would any other member of your immediate family.
  • Provide companionship.
  • Facilitate participation in social, community and faith activities.
  • Support routine medical care.

What kind of Host Home Service Providers is EPI looking for?
It all depends on what the person with a disability needs and is looking for, as well as the needs of the home provider. People’s ideal living situations vary – ranging from traditional families with children to single housemate arrangements. Many situations can work well, so we will work closely with you to find the best match for your home setting.

How do I become a Host Home Service provider?
Once you’ve made the decision to explore becoming a provider, we work carefully with you to assess the opportunity. Following are the main steps in the process:

  • Let us know you're interested and want more information by simply filling out this quick form
  • Complete and submit an application (sent to you after filling out form above) and pass background check
  • Meet with local EPI employees for an interview discussion and to get answers to your questions
  • Pass a home inspection
  • Complete required training
  • Participate in the matching process to find the best individual fit for your home

Why would a person with a disability choose to live in an EPI Host Home?
There are a variety of reasons a person with a disability would choose to live within a Host Home, here are a few:

  • Their current home no longer meets their needs or preferences
  • Homes they share with parents or other family members are no longer feasible
  • They are moving from another host home or group home because change is needed or desired

How do I or a loved one gain support through this service?
If you or a loved one is interested in living within a Host Home, apply for services here to begin your matching process.

To learn more about the service, check out our full listing of frequently asked questions.