HomeShare International

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

Dublin Homeshare Congress Cancelled

It is with much disappointment and great reluctance that Homeshare International and THE HomeShare announce the cancellation of the Dublin World Homeshare Congress which was to have been held in May 2023.
This difficult decision is due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, current inflation and the high costs of accommodation for visitors and delegates in Dublin.
Events like conferences have been impossible to run or even plan with any confidence for the last 3 years.
We felt optimistic back in early 2021 that we could think ahead and start planning for a super congress in gorgeous Dublin – in Dublin Castle no less!
But the global financial uncertainty that we see unfolding before us now – less than 12 months out from our advertised conference dates – confronts us with such uncertainty and financial risk that we simply have no choice but to make this hard decision.
So back to the drawing board to plan for something achievable ON-LINE in 2023.

Homeshare International would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank local Homeshare programme, THE HomeShare, for all their hard work over the last 12 months.
We also thank the Irish Government, in particular the Department of Health, for their support of the Congress as well as Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council.

For further information please contact
Homeshare International is a charity number 1170332 registered in England and Wales

Loneliness, loss and regret

Loneliness, loss and regret: what getting old really feels like – new study

Thank you to Joyce Craveiro of Lar no Lar for making us aware of a great report at on “Loneliness, loss & regret: what getting old really feels like – new study” This research is part of The Loneliness Project – a large-scale, in-depth exploration of how older people experience loneliness and what it means for them. (It also quotes HI President Malcolm Johnson.)

Older topics at include “How loneliness in older people makes them more vulnerable to financial scammers” and “Loneliness has serious health risks and the solution is social“.

Emma’s Story

Tap the picture of Emma Parrish-Andrew (Homesharer) to see Emma’s story.

Photo credit: Homeshare Gloucestershire

Welcome, Hagamos Hogar

Hagamos Hogar in Málaga, Spain has joined the Homeshare International Network. Natalia Cerón Santacruz and her team provide services to older adults who want companionship and are willing to share their home with another person, and students or professional people looking for an affordable, quiet room close to their work or university. The team of professionals conducts interviews and evaluations of all candidates to find the ideal match; then they monitor the new agreements, accompanying and advising the match.

Learn more on their website at

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