Senior House Sharing Is on the Rise

Do you have more house than you need? An extra bedroom and bath, in-law suite or other unused private space?

Could you benefit from companionship, reduced costs, peace of mind?

Would you consider sharing your house or apartment with a compatible renter? Is day-to-day life such as shopping, driving to appointments, using technology, pet care or gardening getting to be too much? Maybe a housemate could offer you some of this type assistance in exchange for space.

If you answered yes, and you want assistance to help make this happen, let us know! Think about what you would want and need to have for someone new to live with you in your home.

To hear more about our new local home sharing service offered by Aviv Older Adult Services of JF&CS to match seniors with housemates or to apply to become a home provider, please contact HomeShare ATL at JF&CS, Jean Cohen, 770.677.9435 or jcohen@jfcsatl.org

HomeShare ATL

A home provider offers a private bedroom, bath and shared common space in exchange for rent and/or help around the home.

Submit an Inquiry Form to Learn More

Coming Soon …

In 2021, Jewish Family & Career Services will begin to offer a matching service for home providers in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. We anticipate receiving more applications from individuals seeking a home than from homeowners offering shared space. We are building our provider pool now. We can help you be ready to jump in!

HomeShare ATL will interview and screen all applicants, perform background searches, host introductions for providers and seekers, facilitate a Living Together Agreement, and provide on-going support. Matches will be suggested based on the home provider’s expectations and compatibility rather than a waiting list position. Both participants will need to be a minimum age of 21 and one participant will need to be age 60 or above for a match to be considered.

Home sharing participants are not expected to and advised not to provide hands-on personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing, lifting, or medications, etc.

HomeShare ATL

We will work to find the most compatible match based on your interests, needs, and lifestyle.

Benefits of Older Adults Sharing Their Home

1. It can be less expensive to live with other adults. You can share housing costs, utilities and often food. If you own a large home, you can afford to offset the cost of maintaining it by taking on a housemate. You get to age in place and your housemate gains a more affordable way to live.

2. There will be another adult to share chores and responsibilities and to provide a helping hand when needed.

3. It is more likely that someone will be around to help you if take a fall, to notice if you don’t come home or to call 9-1-1 when necessary. This can provide real peace of mind. There is a sense of security that comes with having a housemate- and not just when you hear a noise in the middle of the night.

4. You gain companionship and people to potentially share holidays and special occasions. Your circle can grow as you meet the friends and family that a housemate can bring to the equation. Only you can decide if this is desirable or not.

5. A sense of community is good for your mind, body, and spirit. We need people around us to offer advice or support, to laugh together, to break bread, to get us out of the house and push us to try new things. Living with other people is one way to create such a valuable support circle.

To hear more about our new local home sharing service offered by Aviv Older Adult Services of JF&CS to match seniors with housemates or to apply to become a home provider, please submit the inquiry form below.