This section lists resources for homeshare practitioners and for people who want to be homesharers.
Additions are welcome – please email us.
The FAQs are a good starting point if you’re new to this. You will find a wealth of material for practitioners in the Network section and on the Congress pages. The latter pages link to the presentations given by speakers from around the world on a wide range of issues.
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
Homeshare in Cologne – a 2008 presentation on how homeshare works in Cologne, Germany
Is homesharing for you? Consumer guides
A Vermonter’s guide to homesharing, published by Homeshare Vermont in the USA in 2013. This guide will help people who want to homeshare in places where there is no programme to support them
A consumer’s guide to homesharing published in 2009 by the USA’s National Shared Housing’s Resource Center
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
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)
Homeshare UK Sector Report 2017 – an overview of the sector published by Shared Lives Plus
Homeshare UK Executive Summary 2017 – a summary of the document above
Homeshare Sector Report 2016 – an overview of the sector published by Shared Lives Plus
Homeshare Sector Report 2015 – an overview of the sector published by Shared Lives Plus
Sociable Housing in Later Life May13 – a 2013 report from a UK think-tank, Demos, on the housing that people want as they get older. Homeshare is referred to as a viable co-housing option.
Homeshare – key facts for policy makers NAAPS 2011 – an outline of what homeshare can offer (NAAPS is now Shared Lives Plus)
Shared Lives Plus Homeshare report May 2015 – a snapshot of the homeshare market in the UK
Homeshare International documents
Business models for homeshare programmes. HIRAG Factsheet 1, 2016. A survey of 48 programmes in 11 countries. hirag-fact-sheet-1-business-models-2016
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_V4 FINAL
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
Earlier HANZA newsletters can be found on their website: www.homeshare.org.au/category/newsletters/
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