Homeshare brings together people for mutual benefit. Typically, this is a person who would like some low-level support (householder) and a person who is in need of affordable accommodation (homesharer). The householder is usually a homeowner or tenant who has a comfortable room to spare. The homesharer in exchange for low-cost accommodation provides around 10hrs of practical support per week.
How to apply
The householder and homesharer apply to take part in the programme through their local Homeshare provider. A Homeshare coordinator will interview and assess Homeshare applicants.
The coordinator will visit the householder’s property to make sure there is a spare room available and the property is in good repair. The also performs background and reference checks on the householder and homesharer.
Interview and matching
The coordinator will carefully select a homesharer and householder to create a compatible match. The householder (and sometimes the householder’s family) and the homesharer will interview each other to decide if they would like to proceed with the match. If both parties are happy with the match and decide to share, the coordinator will help to draw up an agreement.
The householder and homesharer agree what support the homesharer will give. This is a flexible arrangement and can include duties like cleaning, cooking, gardening, accompanying to appointments or shopping.
Most Homeshare organisations charge a minimum monthly fee (on average £140-£160) to both the householder and the homesharer.
The first month of homesharing is usually a trial period for the householder and homesharer get used to each other. The coordinator will monitor progress and provide advice and support to the householder and homesharer if needed. Homeshare placements usually last between 6-12 months but can be longer or shorter.
There are Homeshare schemes in most major cities across the UK. Find a Homeshare scheme now.