HomeShare — Burlington Age-Friendly Seniors Council

HomeShare empowers Home Providers and Home Seekers the ability to live in affordable, shared accommodation inclusive of respect, choice, dignity and is of mutual benefit to all.

Due to the ever growing need of housing options in Halton, it is important to give careful consideration and thought to innovative solutions so that the housing needs of many can be met. One alternative is HomeShare, with a benefit for seniors, who wish to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Although HomeShare may not be the answer for some, for others it may provide the perfect solution, allowing and empowering seniors to remain independent and active, while developing meaningful relationships. It can be a win-win situation for the Home Provider and the Home Sharer and of mutual benefit for both.

Key Definitions:

  • Home Providers: people who are interested in sharing their home.
  • Home Seekers: people who are looking to share a living arrangement with someone for a variety of reasons.
  • Home Sharers: people who are currently living with a Home Provider.

The Halton HomeShare Toolkit has been developed by the Burlington Age-Friendly Housing Committee, as a self-resource guide for individuals who are interested in learning more about HomeShare or considering this as a housing alternative.

HomeShare is considered a living arrangement between two or more people who reside together in the same residence. Each person has his or her private space and will share common areas such as the kitchen and living room. Household responsibilities can be shared, or sometimes services can be exchanged for reduced accommodation expenses. Services may include; household cleaning, lawn and garden maintenance, shopping, taking care of pets, etc.

Home Seekers are people who are looking to share a living arrangement with someone for a variety of reasons.

The benefits of HomeShare can include the following:

  • Companionship and security
  • Reduce isolation
  • Affordable
  • People can remain in their own community
  • Promote well-being
  • Mutual benefit for the Home Provider and Home Seeker

Every HomeShare situation is unique with its own successes and challenges. We are aware that this is not an answer for all, and that it is important for individuals to consider a variety of housing options before making any decisions.

HomeShare is a living situation that can be of mutual benefit to all involved and is about people helping each other.

 

June 2015

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