Facts and Questions about Host Home

What are the eligibility requirements for me as a provider?

There are various eligibility requirements including but not limited to a high school diploma or equivalent, valid Illinois driver’s license, home study and fire marshal house inspection, Department of Human Services (DHS) inspection, and Direct Support Person (DSP) training.

What does it take for my home to qualify?

Your home must pass site inspection by Marcfirst staff, Fire Marshall Inspection, and DHS inspection.

What training is required and is it offered through Marcfirst?

Direct Service Person (DSP) training and regular refreshers are provided by Marcfirst in addition to First Aid and CPR certification.

How am I matched with a Host Home Individual?

Individuals and providers are matched through a compatibility questionnaire, which you can download here, and matching tools throughout the interview process. Then frequent trial visit between the potential provider and individual will increase over time to make sure it is a mutually beneficial match.

Can I still work my regular job and be a Host Home provider?

Yes. Many individuals either maintain their own independent jobs or attend our day program at our Marcfirst location. This allows you to work regular shifts while they are managing their own responsibilities.

What support will I receive from Marcfirst as a provider?

Marcfirst supports providers through an effective, interdisciplinary team of Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals, to guide and inform in the successful care of individuals in the Host Program. Additional support is accessible through the Director of Host Home and Host Homes Relief Staff.

How long will an individual stay with me?

The individual(s) will stay with you until you retire or the individual becomes too medically involved to be cared for in the home. At that time, they would move to a nursing home environment, or an environment better equipped to provide the care that they need.

Will becoming a provider affect my life?

Often times, the individuals in our program will become honorary members of the provider’s family. This can extend to the individual’s family as well as everyone is encouraged to be involved in the individual’s life and provide a strong support system. As you welcome a new person into your home, you may see your own family grow to include new people.

What new expenses will I incur when a Host Home individual is placed with me?

You may experience very limited increases in expenses such as mild utility and food bill increases due to an additional person in the home.

What “per diem” or rate of pay will I receive from Marcfirst as a provider?

The rate that Marcfirst providers receive is based on the individual’s rate as determined by the state (an average of $25,000 annual salary per individual supported)

How will being a Host Home Provider affect how I file my taxes?

Host Home Provider revenue falls under the Foster Care classification typically, but it is always best for you to discuss your specific financial details with your accountant.