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Who we are

Homeshare International supports a network of professionals worldwide who run homeshare programmes. Our aims are to encourage learning and good practice, foster new programmes and understand the impact of homesharing. We also raise awareness of what homeshare can offer as a solution to many of society’s needs. 

What is homeshare?

Homesharing enables two unrelated people to share their lives for their mutual benefit. A homesharer provides support and companionship to a householder in exchange for free or low-cost accommodation. Homeshare can benefit many people with support or housing needs.

Homeshare programmes

There are Homeshare programmes in many countries from Canada to Korea, Austria to Australia. These programmes typically match older householders with young homesharers. Homesharing builds relationships, often between two generations, recognising that people who take part have needs and something to give.

Latest News

Homeshare works

Don't just take our word

In the UK

Josie, in her mid-70s, was referred to a homeshare programme by a hospital after a stroke severely affected her behaviour. The hospital was keen to discharge her (more…)

In Ireland

“My mum felt safe and cared for in her last years because of the companion she found through Elder Home Share. I highly recommend this service.”

~ Noirin, Family  member

7th World Homeshare Congress

Save the Date!

Homeshare International is delighted to announce that the 7th World Homeshare Congress — originally planned for 2021 but delayed due to Covid-19 — is going ahead. The event will take place in Dublin hosted by local organisation THE HomeShare (Together Helping Eachother).

Commenting on the announcement, founder and CEO of THE HomeShare Lucie Cunningham said, “We believe Ireland is well placed to host this exciting event. It will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Ireland as the Irish Government is a world leader in incorporating the Homeshare model into its policy.”

Save the date and share the news! Keep an eye here and on www.thehomeshare.ie for updates. 

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates on the congress

Raising Awareness

Shout it out! Homeshare really works.

Homeshare programme professionals use many tools to increase public awareness about Homesharing and its benefits.

In addition to commonly- available tools, HI offers its members the Homeshare Shout! tool kit.

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