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  • Are you a Senior?
  • Do you live alone?
  • Could you use additional income?
  • Would you like to reduce housing costs?
  • Do you need help with chores?
  • Are you willling to share your home?
  • Are you willing to help out to lower your rent?



If your response to some of these questions is "yes, " then Home sharing, facilitated through the guidance of professionals, may be the answer.

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Home sharing is an alternative long term living arrangement where two unrelated people choose to live in a::

  • Shared House
  • Shared Apartment
  • Shared Condominium
  • Shared Mobile home
Each person has their own bedroom, but shares the commmon areas of the Shared home:
  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Patio
  • Family room

Housemates make mutual decisions regarding expectations for:

  • Household duties
  • Kitchen usage
  • Telephone usage
  • Privacy
  • Guests

There are a number of reasons a person would consider home sharing:

  • Financial benefits
  • For the person on a tight budget, a shared homecan reduce the cost of housing by $2500 or more per year.

  • Independence
    For someone who needs help to stay in their home, a housemate can do
    • Yardwork
    • Cleaning
    • Transportation
    • Cooking
    in exchange for a reduction in rent, or room and board.

  • Security
    Another person living in the Shared Home
    • Can lessen the fear of being alone
    • Take in the mail when you're away
    • Seek help if you're unable to do that for yourself.

  • Companionship
    There's someone to talk to, someone with whom to share similiar interests.

Shared Housing not-for-profit agencies

  • Match homeproviders and homeseekers.
  • Take into account special needs, personalities, and requirements of each individual.
Usual staff procedure includes:
  • Personal interviews with all clients - both halves of the potential shared housing pair.
  • Home visits are arranged for those who are home bound.
  • References and proof of income, are required and checked for everyone who enrolls in the program.
  • After the application has been processed, referrals to possible roommates are given.
  • Potential roommates then meet and interview each other.
  • Once Homesharers are matched they are contacted on a regular basis to evaluate the progress of the match and provide problem solving or mediation if necessary.
  • Shared Housing Clients who have unique additional concerns are also linked with other community resources that may further assist them.

 

For additional infomation visit National Shared Housing Resource Center

 

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