The New York Times Talks About Home Sharing

NewYorkTimes LogoThe New York Times’ Emily Liedel writes a great article about Home Sharing Programs.

“Some 27 percent of people over age 65 live alone, compared with 10 percent of the total population, according to census data. Annette Leahy Maggitti, co-president of the National Shared Housing Resource Center, said that interest in shared housing has grown since the economic downturn. A similar program she runs in Baltimore matched 102 pairs in 2010, compared with 49 in 2008. HomeShare Vermont, another prominent matching service, saw an increase from 54 matches in 2008 to 76 in 2010. The most common reason seniors give for renting out a room is financial, Ms. Maggitti said. But she adds that older people, some living alone for the first time, feel happier and less anxious after a home sharer moves in. Simply living with someone who can drive, do household chores and provide simple caregiving can help seniors remain independent longer.”


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