HomeShare International

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.

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. 

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.

Help us support Homeshare around the world

Homeshare International is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales number 1170332.

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Latest News

HI in Conversation – September 2023

Don’t miss this important Homeshare International In Conversation webinar where George Minton from the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development will share the policy considerations and decisions made in order to enable a pilot of Homeshare in New Zealand via the Office for Seniors.

HANZA Homeshare Development Officer Wendy Francis will describe the partnership that was established with the New Zealand Office for Seniors and the role HANZA played in supporting the pilot.

Age Concern Auckland were the winning applicant for the pilot. Homeshare Coordinators Amanda
Payne and Emma Erwood will be joining the discussion to share their experiences and outcomes so

Everyone is welcome to join this conversation. Two sessions will be held to accommodate different time zones

HI in Conversation – July 2023

Join HI in Conversation in July 2023 to learn about Matching Essentials. The conversation will be led by Sibel Whitehead and Zaira De Novellis of Supportmatch Homeshare with case studies, discussion and opportunity for questions.

This HI Network in Conversation session is open to 2023 HI Network members.

Government Relations

Communicating with elected officials


  • Reach out to municipal, provincial, or federal elected representatives months in advance of a campaign.
  • Be clear about what you want.
  • Work with their staff; make sure the staff understand your position so they can explain (and, hopefully, support) it accurately to the elected representative, and to their colleagues.
  • When meeting with an elected official, make sure a board member, senior volunteer or other supporter is present.


🔲 To inform the official about (topic/issue/campaign) and your planned activities.
🔲 To inform them about the work that you perform in your community and its impact.
🔲 To ensure they understand the value of Homeshare.
🔲 To make them aware of the impact of their policies on Homeshare and the people in your community.
🔲 To develop a good working relationship so that your programme can be a source of information about issues related to Homeshare.
🔲 Other…

Provide elected officials with the information they need to make good decisions that affect Homeshare.

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