The Foundation's free Home Sharing Program helps link adult "hosts" with extra bedrooms in their homes or apartments with appropriate adult "guests" to share their space. One of the matchmates must be age 60 or over. The program also serves adult "hosts" age 55 and over, who are interested in sharing with developmentally disabled adult "guests" capable of independent living.
Professional Social Work staff thoroughly screen and check the references of all host and guest applicants. They use QUICK-MATCH, a unique database, to help them determine the most potentially compatible matchmates by inputting their 31 lifestyle objectives. To facilitate potential hosts and guests in determining their compatibility and willingness to be matched in a shared living arrangement with one another, the staff schedule and attend "match meetings." Prior to moving in, the service offers a written agreement to help hosts and guests feel a level of confidence and sense of security in their shared living arrangements.
For more than two decades, the enthusiasm of participants in the Foundation's Home Sharing Program has run high. Home Sharing has also been gaining national recognition as an affordable housing opportunity that can provide financial relief as well as companionship. Both hosts and guests benefit from reduced housing costs and the possibility of companionship to offset the isolation and loneliness experienced by many living alone.
According to Amy Ronek, a 32 year old Home Sharing "guest" in Manhattan: After moving to New York from Iowa, I found that it was much harder to find a job than to find a comfortable, affordable home in Manhattan. The Foundation's Home Sharing Program's professional staff quickly found the perfect home for me, matching me with Maxine, a wonderful 'host'. That's why home sharing turned out to be such a great solution."
Recent press:NY1: 7/4/2011: Free Program Lets Seniors Share Their Homes To Cut Costs
Brooklyn Rail: City Home Sharing Program Promotes Aging in Place
This program is funded by grants from the New York State Governor's Executive Budget, New York State Legislature, New York State Office for the Aging, New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Council Members and Borough Presidents, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and the generosity of private foundations and donors.