HomeShare is an alternative way of meeting housing needs. It offers numerous benefits to renters and homeowners alike. People share housing for different reasons, including: companionship, personal safety, help with chores, or to offset the rising cost of rents, taxes, utilities, and maintenance, live in a house that is now too large since their children have left home, or they may be one-parent families, single elderly persons or elderly couples. In all these situations, the homeowner may find it difficult to cope with the responsibilities of maintaining a household.
Renters may be graduate students, newly divorced persons, professionals recently moved to the area, or anyone in need of low cost housing who seeks the comforts of a home living environment and enjoys living with others.
Simply put, HomeSharing is an arrangement where two or more unrelated people (one individual must be 55 years of age or older) share a dwelling, each having private space along with shared common areas. A shared arrangement might involve a homeowner and a renter, or two or more people renting a house or apartment together. HomeSharers may arrange a regular rental agreement or exchange services for part or all of the rent. No two HomeSharing situations are alike; each is tailored to the needs and desires of the people involved.
The HomeShare Coordinator, along with trained volunteers, explores potential matches with appropriate home seekers.A careful screening process includes:
- visits to the homeowners home
- personal interviews
- individual introductions
- follow-up contacts to ensure a successful experience for both home providers and home seekers.
Home providers can:
- Gain extra income
- Receive assistance with household chores
Home seekers can:
- Experience the comforts of living in a home
- Live in affordable housing
Both home providers and home seekers can enjoy:
- Security and companionship
- Intergenerational living
- The reward of helping others
It is highly recommended that service expectations, as well as the rents are very clearly defined in a written home sharing agreement.
For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at 734-998-9345.
For detailed information, review the following PDF documents.
Please download, complete and mail the application to:
Housing Bureau for Seniors
2401 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For additional resources on shared housing see the National Shared Resource Center. In addition, check out the AARP Housing Choices section and scroll down to Homesharing where you will find questions to help you determine if homesharing is right for you.