This section lists resources for homeshare practitioners and for people who want to be homesharers. It’s still under construction so please bear with us!

Additions are welcome – please email us.

You will find a wealth of material for practitioners in the Congress pages. These include the presentations given by speakers from around the world on a wide range of issues.

What is homesharing?

ensemble2générations has published a wonderful book of case studies of homesharers they have matched, with excellent photographs. This book, called ensemble deux générations will inspire practitioners, home providers and homesharers alike. Read the book online:

Practice guides and working tools

Homeshare Practice Guide – published by NAAPS (now Shared Lives Plus) in 2011, this is a guide for anyone starting a new programme

Homeshare in Cologne – a 2008 presentation on how homeshare works in Cologne, Germany

Is homesharing for you? Consumer guides

A Vermonter’s guide to homesharing, published by Homeshare Vermont in the USA in 2013. This guide will help people who want to homeshare in places where there is no programme to support them

A consumer’s guide to homesharing published in 2009 by the USA’s National Shared Housing’s Resource Center


Homeshare Victoria in Australia shows what their programme offers for older householders and their younger homesharers.

Affordable Living for the Aging in Los Angeles, USA, has produced this introduction to homesharing, as seen by some of the participants. Note that homesharers pay a modest rent in this programme.

Homeshare Vermont has a series of videos, some showing what homeshare can offer and one showing their innovative use of volunteers as case workers (see The Matchmakers). In April 2017 they published a new video celebrating their 35th anniversary.

Ensemble2générations in France showcases its work in matching students with older householders (in French).

1Toit2Âges has a series of videos and clips about its work in Belgium (in French).

Watch a BBC interview with homesharers in Essex matched by Share and Care UK –

Evaluations and studies of homeshare programmes

Business models for homeshare programmes reports on the findings of a HI survey of 48 programmes in 11 countries. It covers business models used (for profit/not for profit), geographic spread, use of paid staff and volunteers, fees payable and other issues.  See hirag-fact-sheet-1-business-models-2016

Improving lives and communities by bringing Vermonters together to share homes gives a comprehensive picture of the positive impact of homeshare in Vermont, U.S.A.

An evaluation of homeshare pilot programmes in W Sussex, Oxon and Wilts 2010 by Jane Coffey, Oxford Brookes University

Homeshare Victoria Economic Evaluation by Ben Carstein, 2003

Helping older people choose the right home for them by UK charity EAC First Stop (2012) has an interesting analysis of the costs and benefits of homeshare for householders and homesharers (see page 6)

Policy documents

Sociable Housing in Later Life May13 – a 2013 report from a UK think-tank, Demos, on the housing that people want as they get older. Homeshare is referred to as a viable co-housing option.

Homeshare – key facts for policy makers NAAPS 2011 – an outline of what homeshare can offer (NAAPS is now Shared Lives Plus)

Homeshare – key facts for commissioners. NAAPS 2011

Shared Lives Plus Homeshare report May 2015 – a snapshot of the homeshare market in the UK

Homeshare International documents

Business models for homeshare programmes. HIRAG Factsheet 1, 2016. A survey of 48 programmes in 11 countries. hirag-fact-sheet-1-business-models-2016

Will a homeshare programme benefit the people you help? This infographic explains in simple terms what homeshare has to offer to both householders and homesharers. homeshare infographic_V4 FINAL

The comfort of strangersHomeshare International Review 2004-2013  – describes what homeshare offers to the policy agenda and reviews homeshare round the world in 2013

HI News June 15 final


Autumn 2013 Newsletter

HI Newsletter Spring 2013

Autumn 2011

Summer 2010

Autumn 2007

HANZA newsletters

HANZA News September 2017 

HANZA News April 2017


HANZA News June 2016

HANZA News Sept 2015

Earlier HANZA newsletters can be found on their website: