This section lists resources for homeshare practitioners, for researchers, and for people who want to homeshare.
Additions are welcome – please email us.
If you are new to homesharing, the FAQs are a good starting point.
Homeshare practitioners will find a wealth of material in the Network section and on the Congress pages which link to the presentations given by speakers from around the world on a wide range of issues.
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What is homesharing like?
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: www.calameo.com/read/00430765775a78377d449
Many of the videos, listed below, also give a good insight into what it’s like to homeshare.
Practice Guides and working tools
The Homeshare Good Practice Guide published by Shared Lives Plus is a guide for anyone starting a new programme. The Guide is available to members of Homeshare UK.
Homeshare in Cologne – a 2008 presentation on how homeshare works in Cologne, Germany
Is homesharing for you? Consumer guide
A Vermonter’s guide to homesharing, published by Homeshare Vermont in the USA in 2013. This guide will help people who want to find a homesharer in places where there is no programme to support them.
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).
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 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUd1i781_vw
Homeshare Oxford has released a video about two of its homesharers which also features an interview with the daughter of the home provider – www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KsOjTmhLAk&feature=youtu.be
Evaluations and studies of Homeshare Programmes
The University of Washington was commissioned to prepare a report on homesharing for the Washington State Senate Housing and Local Government Committee.
The legislature’s aim was to learn more about homesharing as a strategy to reduce housing instability by increasing the supply of low-cost rentals. Homeshare matchmaking organizations have developed best practices to help home seekers and home providers to make arrangements to meet each other’s needs. In fact, homesharing tackles two problems at once—assisting middle class people to hold on to their homes while extending vacant bedrooms to those who might otherwise fall into homelessness. Homesharing has many positive health and housing benefits, as well; researchers report homesharing arrangements help people financially, can meet caretaking needs, and offer social support. Homeshare organizations now use software, insurance, banking and other products from partner organizations (e.g., Silvernest or Zillow). Still, homeshare matchmaking and case work is labor-intensive, and successful organizations seem to max out at about 300 matches a year. Further, there is not a national norm or cultural expectation for homesharing, which would help advance this solution as a housing stability solution. Here is a direct link to the report: http://depts.washington.edu/uwchips/docs/UW-report-homesharestudy2021.pdf. (June 2021)
Intergenerational Homesharing Programmes. A Piece Of The ‘Ageing in Place’ Puzzle is a new publication about Homesharing published by Giuliana Costa.
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).
2020-Homeshare-UK-Report – The most recent overview of the sector from Homeshare UK and Shared Lives Plus
Homeshare International documents
Review 2019, FINAL – a review of our work since 2014, with a summary of the global picture in 2019
Business models for homeshare programmes. HIRAG Factsheet 1, 2016. A survey of 48 programmes in 11 countries. hirag-fact-sheet-1-business-models-2016 (pdf format).
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 (pdf).
The comfort of strangers – Homeshare International Review 2004-2013 – describes what homeshare offers to the policy agenda and reviews homeshare round the world in 2013.
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