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Home Sharing an Option for Seniors

October 15th, 2013

The roommates share bathrooms and have each other’s shower times memorized. They fold each other’s laundry when someone leaves it in the dryer too long. They play cards together in the afternoon and watch “Dancing With the Stars” together at night. And they ride along in the ambulance when one of them takes a bad

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We’ve Got Some Big Houses–That We Could Share

October 9th, 2013

Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants? For many people, “doubling up”—moving in with family or friends—is the last step on the way to homelessness.  But doubling up has benefits

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8 Things Your City Should Be Doing to Help You Age Well

October 8th, 2013

There soon will be more people over the age of 60 in New York City than schoolchildren. The city is finally taking action. It felt like a bad joke — worse than the one about the chicken. Whenever Ed Aarons tried to cross the road in his New York City neighborhood, he never quite made

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Collaborative Housing Aims To Build Housing For The Sharing Economy

September 26th, 2013

The sharing economy has made it possible for people to extract new value from peer-to-peer rentals of their homes, cars and other items. But what if the products themselves were designed and built specifically for the sharing economy instead of re-purposed and “hacked” to make them sharable? That’s the idea with Collaborative Housing Group LLC, a

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Shared housing: A look at real-life ‘Golden Girls’

September 9th, 2013

In the ’80s America fell in love with Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia — characters from the NBC comedy “The Golden Girls.” The sitcom about four older women living together in a Miami house ran for seven seasons. And their model of living — elderly folks sharing a house — is growing in popularity. Alternatives

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Age UK Oxfordshire explores possible Homeshare scheme for elderly and young students

September 9th, 2013

Age UK Oxfordshire is surveying older people in the Oxford area to gather opinions about a homecare scheme which could see older people matched with younger students looking for accommodation. The intergenerational scheme will identify older people who are willing to offer their spare room to a younger student in exchange for low levels of

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Home sharing program a win-win solution

August 28th, 2013

Finding the right housemate can be difficult at the best of times, but with a disability it can be even harder. But an ACT program is bringing disabled ’householders’ and some rent-saving tenants together in a win-win situation, which is changing lives. Peter Rosini, 37, loves karaoke, acting and socialising. But a few months into

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Renters return to sharing in face of soaring costs

August 27th, 2013

Large numbers of people are returning to flat-sharing after living alone or with a partner, new research has revealed. House share website SpareRoom.co.uk’s data shows that 51% of its users have turned back to sharing, while new flatsharer figures have risen 31% in the last two years. UK rents haven risen by 9.5% since 2010.

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Co-ops, collectives offer urban housing options

August 5th, 2013

Sharing meals, household chores and lives is becoming more commonplace for everyone from young adults to senior citizens. During the 1960s, this type of living arrangement was referred to as a commune and was embraced by hippies and free spirits on more of a whim. Today, it is known as collective or cohousing and those

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Shared housing: A step toward adulthood and away from crime

August 1st, 2013

For Stephanie Sanches, 19, moving into shared housing for young people in the neighborhood of Lapa in the city of São Paulo brought with it a chance for her to earn her independence – and a dream to pursue a music career. “Here, we have to stand on our own two feet,” said Sanches, who

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