Without your support, homeless youth (who represent 28% of Marin’s homeless population) are 50% more likely to end up as homeless adults.

The Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) Housing Fund is a unique opportunity for homeless young people ages 18 to 25 without family support hope to have the financial support for temporary hotel stays and longer term housing in apartments with their peers. AHO’s 2016 AHO Housing Fund was able to house 28 young people to have the foundation and stability to continue moving forward on their personalized educational and life goals.

When the monies are available, the young people AHO is able to help through this Fund, are youth who are purpose-driven and committed to transforming their lives, the places they live, and the world. They are youth committed to creating a new kind of community and participate in the AHO YOUTH TEAM youth-led projects that are informed by their interests, wisdom, interconnectedness, and focused on social change and educating the community on behalf of young people who are homeless.

Image Left: Zara and Juliana Receive
Marin Women’s Club donation of $3,000 to AHO
Homeless Youth Housing Fund
Juliana & Zara Speak @ Luncheon 6/12/17

  • To raise $60,000 this year with monies dedicated housing support for previously homeless young adults to have the stability to reach their educational and life goals.
  • To provide a hand up, not a hand out, to homeless young adults who are committed to changing their life circumstances to create a healthy and meaningful future.
  • To offer financial assistance for housing support for 40 young adults in 2017.



I. Who can apply?
   Homeless youth ages 18 to 25 served by AHO.

II. Application Process
Youth interested in housing assistance will need to complete a housing application form which will be reviewed by the AHO Board.

III. No Guaranteed Housing
There is no guarantee housing assistance will be available.

IV. How Eligibility is Determined

A. On a case-by-case basis, as funding permits, the AHO Board will determine which youth will receive assistance. When, and if, there is enough funding available, this fund can also help a youth with security deposits.

B. To receive priority eligibility, youth applying for assistance will need to have the following:

  • Received at least 3 AHO resources over a period of a month or moreStayed in VERBAL communication with Zara
  • Kept their agreements regarding appointments with zara & with AHO Alliance for Youth partners
  • Working and/or going to school/pursuing a trade

V. Types of Housing Financial Assistance Provided

  • Short-term rental assistance, medium-term rental assistance, security deposits, first and last months rent.
  • Financial assistance will be paid directly to third parties, such as landlords – not directly to the youth.