Archive for June, 2013

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Homesharing Program to Launch in Central Virginia

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A new program is launching in central Virginia to match homeowners who want to share their houses with people looking for a place to live. The nonprofit arm of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is currently accepting applications from homeowners. Homesharing typically targets seniors who need help around the house or extra income. They’re

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Booming | Sharing a home is a financial, emotional boost

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Shared housing is a boomer trend that’s growing by leaps and bounds. A good example is “The Golden Girls,”the popular ’80s TV series where four older single women share an upscale Miami home. The shared-housing concept is well-established, and shared-housing numbers are expected to skyrocket, especially for women. Currently there are 4 million women age

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Boomer Housemates Have More Fun

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Today more than 1 in every 3 baby boomers — that huge glut of people born between 1948 and 1964 — is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women. As this vast generation rushes into retirement, there’s a growing concern among experts on aging: Who will take care of all these people when they’re

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Retired, with Roommate: Seniors Share the Rent

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Some seniors have nice homes, but not a lot of ready cash. Others are renters, and not particularly comfortable with that regular money drain. And there are a few of us still living with the kids to get over a bad patch, without intending to make the arrangement permanent; they’ve got their lives to live,

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Home Share Now of Barre: Home is where the share is

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

When central Vermont’s local home share program was launched a decade ago, the idea of older residents opening up their homes to strangers was a radical concept. “I don’t know if we had a single match in the first year,” says Christina Goodwin, who has been the executive director of the Barre-based Home Share Now

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Shared housing transcends age groups in Japan

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A style of shared housing in which young people live with the elderly has cropped up across Japan, freeing elderly residents from the fear of living alone without help during an emergency or sudden illness, while offering a measure of support for some young occupants. Subscribing to this arrangement is the apartment complex Hotto-kan in

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Big Midtown homes are candidates for HomeSharing program

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Midtown is rich with large old homes that can be a challenge to maintain and keep as people age, but there is a program to help. It is the HomeSharing program run by Westport Cooperative Services, which merged with the Shepard’s Center of Kansas City earlier this year.  HomeSharing’s mission: match people who need low-income

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Free HomeShare booklet available

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

HomeShare Vermont just published a do-it-yourself guidebook, A Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing, to help people find a homesharer to live with them if they are outside the service area of the state’s two homesharing programs. The guidebook, A Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing, is available to download on the HomeShare Vermont website at www.HomeShareVermont.org. Click here

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House Sharing for Boomer Women Who Would Rather Not Live Alone

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The time was right for the three 50-something women to pool their resources and buy a house togehter. Louise Machinist, a clinical psychologist, was ready to move out of her house now that her children were grown. Jean McQuillin, a case management nurse, had just moved into a rental apartment from the home she had

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