Resource Guide to Establishing a New Homesharing Program

The 2018 Resource Guide for New Homesharing Programs is now available!

This guide walks you through planning and designing a new homesharing program. This Homesharing Resource Guide is designed to share our combined knowledge and experience to help new programs get started and be successful. Below is the Table of Contents to give you an understanding of topics covered.

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Table Of Contents

Section 1: Overview of Homesharing

What is Homesharing?
What Homesharing is Not
Why People Homeshare
Where Can a Homesharing Program Work?
Variations Among Programs
The Online Dilemma

Section 2: The Feasibility Study

What is the Need for Housing?
Potential Clientele/Target Population
Geographic Service Area
Housing Stock
Organizational Structure
Potential Funding Sources
Development & Implementation Timeline
Timeline for Program Start-Up
Marketing & Outreach Plan

Section 3: Program Design & Start-Up

Types of Homesharing Arrangements
Rent Only
All Service/No Rent
Rent/Service Exchange Combination
Models of Program Matching
Referral Model
Comprehensive Model
Making Matches is Hard to Do!
The Matching Process
Eligibility Criteria
Background and Reference Checks
National Background Checks
Credit Checks
Reference Checks
Trial Period
Written Homeshare Match Agreements
Ongoing Support to Participants
Miscellaneous Legal Issues
Zoning and Building Codes
Landlord/Tenant Laws
Income Taxes
Government Benefit Programs
Critical Components of a Successful Homesharing Program
Adequate Staffing Levels
Data Collection
Risk Management
Fair Housing Compliance
Complementary Alliances
Volunteer Support

Glossary of Terms