Home & Heart

Home & Heart is a Home Sharing program that connects older adults who have an extra room and need assistance to successfully age in place (Home Providers), with community members seeking affordable housing (Home Seekers).

Home Providers benefit from receiving extra income or helpful services such as meal preparation, transportation, and companionship.

Home Seekers benefit from securing affordable housing and developing a broader sense of community.

Home & Heart works to create a safe housing program by screening applicants, processing background checks, conducting home visits, and offering conflict resolution based mediation. Home & Heart creates an individualized living arrangement that captures the unique need of every match, and offers on-going support to promote successful cohabitation.

What is Home Sharing?

Home sharing is a living arrangement where two unrelated people share the homeowner’s dwelling. Each person has their own private space while sharing certain common areas in exchange for rent, services, or both. There are a variety of home sharing arrangements and no two are alike; each is tailored to the needs and desires of the individual people involved.

Benefits of Home Sharing

  • Utilizes existing housing stock
  • Allows older adults to age in place
  • Allows college students access to affordable housing
  • More inter-generational relationships
  • More community involvement

Home Sharing Resources

The National Shared  Housing Resource Center has lots of good information for people interested in learning about home sharing.

Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates written by Anne Marie Pluhar gives background on home sharing and provides workbook activities.