HomeShare ATL

How to Start the HomeShare Process

Steps for the HomeShare Process

1. Apply: Interested applicants request an application. After completion and submission, applicants are contacted by HomeShare ATL staff to schedule an Intake Interview.


2. Intake Interview: An in-depth assessment completed with home providers and home seekers to help us learn about your specific interests, needs, and preferences. We also review the eligibility documentation and complete the required consent forms. There is a non-refundable application fee due at the time of the initial interview to cover some of the expense of the background screening cost. Additional information on fees follows these steps.


3. Background and Reference Checks: To promote the safety and well-being of all home share participants each receives an in-depth screening by a third-party reporting agency. Every participant undergoes criminal background checks, credit check, and reference checks. After these steps are completed satisfactorily you are considered ready for the matching pool!


4. Match Search: Using the information provided in the intake interview, staff will begin the process of evaluating potential matches. Once a potential match is identified, staff will discuss the potential match with both parties and if both individuals agree, a phone or virtual meeting will be scheduled.


5. Match Meeting: Staff will facilitate the initial face-to-face meeting between home seekers and home providers. We recommend a neutral location for the first meeting but find home providers often prefer to meet at their home. It may take multiple introductions before the right match is found.


6. Trial Match: For participants who feel comfortable moving forward towards living together, we strongly encourage a two-week trial period to get better acquainted with each other’s lifestyles, to ensure compatibility, and to experience the details of the match agreement prior to signing the lease.


7. Match Agreement:  Once two participants agree to be matched, the HomeShare ATL staff will assist in the creation of a Living Together Agreement including a lease that captures the unique needs of each match. This includes how much rent will be paid, hours of services provided, and types of activities both parties are agreeing to.


8. Ongoing Support: Staff stays in regular contact with participants throughout the life of the match providing both emotional and tangible support for housemates. If needs change or issues arise, mediation is available as is assistance renegotiating the match agreement.

Fees

To promote the safety and well-being of all HomeShare ATL participants, a variety of background screens are run on all applicants. To assist us with the expense of the screenings and credit check, there is a one-time non-refundable application fee of $35.00 due at the time of the initial interview. Several payment methods are offered.

No one is denied services because they cannot afford our fees. Financial assistance is available; fees can be reduced or waived in cases of hardship.

Application packets can be requested to be received by Email or US Mail.

To request an application, please call 770.677.9435 or email . We look forward to working with you.