OPTIONS FOR HOMESHARING in HAMILTON-BURLINGTON
A. HomeShare Alliance
HomeShare Alliance aims to create a cultural shift in the real estate and housing markets, one that shines a light on the benefits of sharing rather than selling one’s home. Guiding homeowners through the process of becoming HomeShare hosts and by listening to the needs, concerns and goals of both parties, HomeShare Alliance is committed to finding not just any housemate, but the right housemate for each unique lifestyle.
For more information, contact:
5063 North Service Rd Suite 100
Burlington ON L7L 5H6
B. The Halton HomeShare Program
This is a partnership between Halton Region, Halton Housing Help (please create link), and Burlington Age-Friendly Council (please create link). Currently being offered throughout Halton, This program works to match older adults with renters who can help with household responsibilities. Halton Housing Help screens applicants and provides follow-up monitoring services.
The HomeShare Toolkit (please create link) is a useful guide in determining if HomeShare is a good option for you
Contact: Heather Thompson, Manager, Age-Friendly Initiative Email: email@example.com
C. McMaster Symbiosis
McMaster University Intergenerational Home Matching
For many seniors with spare rooms in their homes, a common desire is to make better use of that empty space. With McMaster Symbiosis, a co-housing program that matches students and seniors for a mutually beneficial living arrangement, seniors with the extra space can do just that.
McMaster Symbiosis aims to foster “symbiotic” intergenerational relationships between compatible seniors and students in a living arrangement that improves the quality of life for both parties.
Candidates are matched based on compatible profiles of personal preferences and hobbies. Once a compatible match is created, the two parties spend time together to see if the partnership is suitable in real-life. Ensuring the highest quality matches is of utmost importance to McMaster Symbiosis; students are thoroughly vetted to alleviate some qualms seniors may have about inviting a stranger to live in their homes. Personalized contracts are drafted and volunteers with McMaster Symbiosis continue to check-in and offer their support throughout every stage of the partnership.
Tafadzwa Machipisa is a 27-year-old medical student from Zimbabwe studying at McMaster University in Hamilton and living with 73-year-old Constance Jain. They are part of a co-housing program at the university that pairs students with seniors
D. Golden Girls Canada
Golden Girls Canada facilitates home sharing connections for seniors. Whether someone has a home to share or is looking for a home to live in, this website is a resource to help find possible connections. Golden Girls Canada does not do the actual matching, rather, they provide an opportunity for people to find other like-minded individuals who are also searching for an affordable friendly place to live through senior home sharing. Sharing a living space is economical, environmentally friendly, and reduces the sense of alienation and isolation. They also offer education on the many benefits of home sharing as well as help to avoid possible pitfalls.
Contact: Dorothy Mazeau