Find A Home
Homesharing can be a rewarding way to find housing. In many cases you can reduce your living costs and get personal satisfaction and enjoyment by helping someone in their home. Anyone can homeshare as long as they meet the basic requirements.
To Participate in the Program
ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
- Have no criminal record history or pending charges of crimes against
person or property
- Have three references who can recommend you for the program and
speak to your lifestyle and character. It is beneficial for those looking for housing to have a positive landlord reference as well;
- No substance or alcohol misuse
However, we can’t guarantee you housing. For every HomeShare host, there are four HomeShare guests looking for housing. It’s up to people in our program to ultimately decide who would be the most compatible match for them.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR HOMESHARE GUESTS WHO
- Are flexible
- Want to be helpful
- Live with others well
- Have time to find the right match
Many of the people who want to share their homes are seniors or adults. Often they are looking for a companion to chat with and someone to lend a hand. In other arrangements, those offering a home don’t require any assistance, but may require an accommodation cost. Every HomeShare experience and agreement is unique.
If you’re ready to share your home, the first step is to apply for our program, so we can find you a compatible housemate. You can contact the HomeShare Worker here or by calling 905-372-1545.
What is the process?
Our process includes a simple application, background and reference checks, and interview. When we have potential host that might be a fit we will contact you. If we have someone you are interested in meeting and they want to meet you, we arrange an introduction. You might have no introductions or you could have several depending on what you are offering and what you are looking for. A two week trial period lets you try it out without making a commitment, but you need a place to go back to if either of you decide not to make a match. A written agreement outlines the expectations and HomeShare stays in touch with you for the duration of the agreement
How long does the process take?
At minimum the application/intake process takes 3-4 weeks. We can’t discuss with you any specific housing situations until you have applied, been interviewed and we have completed the screening process. HomeShare is not an emergency housing program. We strongly encourage you to be settled somewhere prior to applying.
Once the screening process is completed the matching phase begins. Finding just the right home takes time. This is a process that cannot be rushed, nor is it guaranteed we will find a match for everyone.
What is an “accommodation cost?”
HomeSharing is different than a landlord-tenant or room-and-board type of housing situation. It emphasizes two people mutually helping one another and the co-living relationship. The accommodation cost is in place of rent and ranges from $250-$400 per month on average.
What is “shared household responsibilities?”
In exchange for affordable accommodation costs, most HomeShare arrangements include some agreed-upon shared responsibilities. For example, the HomeSharer may agree to help with gardening, shoveling snow, sharing meals, running errands, etc. Every HomeShare agreement is different and the HomeShare Worker will assist you to determine a good balance and compromise that meets the needs of both people.
If I have a criminal record, can I HomeShare?
Safety and security are one of the biggest concerns people have about sharing their home. We work with some very vulnerable individuals in an unsupervised setting – their home. We have a very strict background check policy, and won’t accept anyone in the program who has a conviction of a crime against person or property.