Are you looking for affordable accommodation? Homeshare is a great way to find high-quality affordable accommodation and help build better communities. It matches to people who need accommodation (homesharer) with people who need companionship and practical support (householder).
Homeshare works best if you don’t need housing immediately and have a little time to find the right match. On average the matching process takes 8 weeks.
There are many benefits to becoming a homesharer such as:
- you have access to high-quality, affordable accommodation
- you help to improve the life of another person by helping them to stay in their home
- you make new friends and create a sense of community.
How it works
Are you happy to share 10 hours a week of your time? Homeshare works on the simple idea that you provide 10 hours of support to someone who needs help to live independently (the householder), plus some friendly companionship, in exchange for free or affordable accommodation.
As a homesharer, the support you would provide could include caring for pets, cleaning, reading, cooking, shopping or gardening (no personal or nursing care is involved). Together with the householder, you will agree the type of support you will provide. A Homeshare organisation will draw up this agreement, which may also include contributing to household bills.
The Homeshare organisation that arranges your match will often charge a monthly fee to cover the cost of their services. This cost varies but is roughly £160 per month.
Find out more about the Homeshare process.
There are several Homeshare schemes throughout the UK and in Ireland. To check if there is a scheme near you, go to find a Homeshare scheme. You must be over the age of 18 years old and willing to take a DBS check to take part in Homeshare. The average length of a Homeshare match is 12 months.