“Homeshare is the exchange of housing for help. It recognises that two people have needs and something to give.”
Homeshare International was founded in London, UK, in 1999 to forge links between the homeshare programmes known to be running in eight countries and to stimulate the development of new programmes. Since then the homeshare movement has gone from strength to strength and there are now programmes in at least 16 countries.
We aim to:
- provide a link between all homeshare programmes around the world, enabling the agencies involved to share information;
- raise awareness of homeshare and its potential among professionals and policy makers in housing, social work and other relevant fields;
- stimulate the setting up of new homeshare programmes;
- support and encourage good practice in running programmes;
- encourage potential householders and homesharers to join the programmes;
- encourage academics to do research on the contribution that homeshare can make to the social needs it seeks to address.
Read about our progress in Homeshare International Review 2004-2013
Homeshare International is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales (number 1170332). Until December 2016 it was a registered charitable trust and changed its status to better reflect its remit.
The charity’s stated purpose is:
To advance education and promote research for the public benefit on the practice and impact of homeshare as a means of relieving the needs of the elderly and disabled and for the provision of affordable housing for those in financial need.
Homeshare International is governed by a group of trustees who are invited to serve by the Board. They are drawn from many of the countries where homeshare operates and are chosen on the basis of their expertise as practitioners, researchers and administrators. Members of the Homeshare Network are also invited to nominate members of the Board.
Trustees are supported by a group of International Ambassadors and by various ad hoc working groups. Currently we run a Research Advisory Group co-ordinated by Professor Mariano Sanchez from the University of Granada in Spain.