Shared Housing Symposium in Los Angeles
Affordable Living for the Aging hosted a national Symposium to release a Strategic Guide for scaling shared
housing. Click here to learn more about ALA's Shared Housing Initiative.
WHAT DOES HOMESHARING LOOK LIKE?
Can you see yourself in this picture? Click here to learn more about Photographer John Lazenby and Home
Share Now's Portrait Project.
NSHRC SUCCESS STORIES - MARY & GLORIA
Mary is an elderly female who was interested in finding two roommates for her 3BR apartment. She wanted
to charge $1,000 per room. After being introduced to Gloria, who could afford only $700, Mary decided to
reduce the rent and invited Gloria to live with her. Read about Mary and other Homesharing success
stories by clicking here.
WHY SHARED HOUSING?
Home Sharing is a simple idea: a homeowner offers accommodation to a homesharer in exchange for an agreed level of support in the form of financial exchange, assistance with household tasks, or both.
The community is also a beneficiary of Home Sharing. Shared living makes efficient use of existing housing stock, helps preserve the fabric of the neighborhood and, in certain cases, helps to lessen the need for costly chore/care services and long term institutional care.
A home sharer might be a senior citizen, a person with disabilities, a working professional, someone at-risk of homelessness, a single parent, or simply a person wishing to share his or her life and home with others. For these people, shared housing offers companionship, affordable housing, security, mutual support and much more.
Home Sharing programs can offer a more secure alternative to other roommate options. Many programs have staff who are trained to carefully screen each program applicant through interviewing, background checking, and personal references.