Homeshare in Belgium was founded in July 2009 by 1Toit2Ages (‘one roof, two ages’) which began in Brussels. It now also covers other big towns such as Namur, Mons, Liege, Tournai, Charleroi and Louvain la Neuve. Flanders should also be covered soon.
The programme benefits students who need a room to study and older people (aged 50 plus) who can offer a furnished room from September to June. The oldest home provider so far is 98 years old.
In March 2019 1Toit2Ages hosted the Sixth World Homeshare Congress in Brussels, and had the honour of welcoming Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians to the opening session.
Website : www.1toit2ages.be
A choice between two solutions
1 Economic lodgings (the charge to the student is approximately 180 Euros per month) for which they have a furnished bedroom and use of the house in exchange for a regular presence in the evenings and overnight, and undertaking small services as agreed with the householder.
2 Lodgings with rent (the charge to the student is a maximum of 300 Euros per month). There is no further commitment required from the student, apart from providing a kindly and reassuring presence in the home and a welcome supplementary income for the older person.
Each senior will have the opportunity to enjoy an enriching experience, which allows
- relief from loneliness
- sharing time together, with interesting conversations
- a sense of security
- being enabled to remain at home as long as possible
- benefit from a small additional income.
The student, for his/her part, can enjoy an original and inexpensive housing solution and acquire new grandparents!!
How it works
Students as well as the senior householders are interviewed and matched with care. A contract is drawn up between the two parties.
A follow-up is also ensured by the association throughout the year to ensure compliance with the agreement signed between the parties.
Does it work ? With 20 matches the first year, 1Toit2Ages created more than 2700 matches within ten years. The programme is meeting a real need and is growing year on year.
Who pays? Both householders and homesharers are required to pay a small annual fee to the homeshare programme.
Email Address: email@example.com
0032 475 93 28 28
Contact name, address, website:
Claire de Kerautem, www.1toit2ages.be
An accolade for 1Toit2Âges
1Toit2Ages was Finalist of the European Social Innovation Prize of the European Investment Bank in 2013.
1Toit2Ages won a prestigious prize in 2016 from the Minister for Housing, Madame Céline Frémault, ‘in order to develop homesharing in Brussels’. Claire de Kerautem, the Director, says that the prize money will enable them to start a big advertising campaign in Brussels: “We want more people to know about the programme and to contact us”.
1Toit2Ages has also won various prizes such as the Trophée Montaigne in 2017, and the Victor award of the best social Initiative in 2019
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