Frequently Asked Questions
- Homesharing is a way for people to remain at home where they want to be.
- Many people sharing their home feel safer having someone there instead of living alone.
- Sharing housing can be some of the most affordable housing anywhere!
- Homesharing breaks down loneliness and social isolation. Today, loneliness is recognized as a major risk to health.
- Families of those sharing their homes benefit from the peace of mind of knowing someone of integrity is living with and looking out for their relative. Families of those who find housing know their relative is living in decent, affordable and stable housing.
- Homesharing can delay older people’s admission to more expensive options such as nursing homes.
- Homesharing makes efficient use of existing housing stock..
- Homesharing is a green alternative. More people living in the same space reduces per person energy usage.
- Homesharing is a housing solution to meet the needs of persons with varied economic and demographic backgrounds.
- Homesharing breaks down barriers between generations and cultures.
NSHRC promotes non-profit, comprehensive, person-centered programs rather than web-based, online matching portals. In order for Home Sharing programs to be listed in the NSHRC Program Directory, they must certify that they meet criteria of best practices including: having agency staff or volunteers who are trained to screen program applicants through a one-on one process of interviews, background and reference checks; offering a one-on-one matching service between people who have an extra room in their home with those who are looking for housing; helping participants define a homesharing match agreement; and, providing follow-up support to both parties once a match has been made.