We like to say "this is a philosophy, not a business." Not Another Hostel started out as a simple idea, thousands of years ago. When you travel, you are in a strange place, with strange people, and sometimes strange customs. The idea of hospitality started as a way to help out a fellow traveler, not to profit off of them. We are here to help you bridge the gap from your world, to ours. We want to help you truly see our city, be our friends, and learn about how similar and different we all are. This is Not Another Hostel, the only donation based hostel/homeless shelter hybrid in the world.
Not Another hostel has been around since 2012, originally only focused on housing travelers. In 2015, we purchased multiple houses to be able to not only host travelers, but the homeless of Pittsburgh as well. The travelers are in one house, and the formerly homeless in another. Both are highly screened before acceptance, and we have had 3,000 guests without incident. The shelter focuses on empowering tenants to get the skills they need to get off the streets for good. They can stay for free for as long as they need as long as they are actively trying to get a job or save money for their own home.
For the hostel, we believe that by charging a guest money, you start off with a business contract where you cannot truly be friends. With a donation based hostel, you build a social contract where the sky is the limit. Donate whatever you feel your stay was worth to help this project continue. We truly run on a "pay it forward" model. Unlike some donation based business models, we do not pressure donations in any way. We feel that all contributions should be organic and voluntary. 100% of donations go towards keeping the hostel running, as well as the homeless shelter. We do not take a salary from these projects.
Life can be a scary and dark place sometimes, but our belief is that at our core, "people are good". In a world plagued by violence and hate, it's hard to believe that sometimes.
Stay at Not Another Hostel, and let us prove it to you.
The Not Another Hostel team