HomeShare Canada

Ontario

 

Halton Region Hamilton-Wentworth
& Halton area
Hastings /
Prince Edward Counties
Ottawa Toronto

 

Halton Region

Burlington Age-Friendly Council

Vision:

HomeShare empowers home providers and home seekers with the ability to live in affordable, shared accommodation inclusive of respect, choice, dignity and is of mutual benefit to all.

“Good for many but not for everyone”

The Halton HomeShare Program is a partnership between Halton Region, Halton Housing Help, and Burlington Age-Friendly Council. Currently being offered throughout Halton, this program works to match older adults with renters who can help with household responsibilities. Halton Housing Help screens applicants and provides follow-up monitoring services.

The Halton HomeShare Toolkit is a useful guide in determining if HomeShare is a good option for you

Halton Region is located in Southwestern Ontario and consists of four Municipalities:

  • City of Burlington
  • Town of Halton Hills
  • Town of Milton
  • Town of Oakville

For more information, including to request a copy of the Toolkit, please contact the Burlington Age-Friendly Council at 1-855-395-8807 (toll free) or email at . You may also contact Halton Housing Help at 1-877-813-3363.

 


Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton area

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At HomeShare Alliance, we’re creating a cultural shift in the real estate and housing markets, one that shines a light on the benefits of sharing rather than selling your home. We’re committed to guiding homeowners through the process of becoming HomeShare hosts, which means finding not just any housemate, but the right housemate for your unique lifestyle.

Our passionate, energetic team is here to listen to your needs, concerns, and goals and then find you the right HomeShare match. We understand the needs of HomeShare hosts and housemates are multifaceted, which is why we have created a team of experts so that HomeShare Alliance can support homeowners in all facets of the homesharing process.

We’ll work with you to make homesharing a simple and rewarding process.

For more information, contact:

Tara McEwen
Homeshare Director
HomeShare Alliance
Burlington ON
L7L 5H6

phone 905 973 9854

www.homesharealliance.com

 


Hastings / Prince Edward County

Intergenerational Home Sharing Program: International College Students Co-living with Older Adults

The purpose of this three-year project (with the goal to extend) is to develop an alternative housing model/program in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties that promotes intergenerational living for Loyalist College students and older adults (55 and over) in the region. Specifically, it will focus on matching international students who have been in Canada for one year with older adults. The objective is to develop and coordinate an innovative home sharing program that assists in matching students (home seekers) with seniors (home providers) to create a mutually beneficial living situation. This project aligns with efforts in the region to be age friendly and supports policy efforts for aging in place and with Loyalist’s efforts to engage and support international students. It includes the involvement of community partners working in the area of community health, housing, research, education and immigration services.

This project also provides learning opportunities for social service worker (SSW) students at Loyalist. It is anticipated that over 18 students will have the opportunity to participate as part of their practicum training. As of June 2020, six SSW students have had the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in program planning and developing. One group of students worked together to develop a discussion paper that that outlines the benefits and challenges for home seekers and home providers and identify implementation strategies outlined in the literature and completed a report that outlines resources available to be adapted as the Loyalist program is developed. Currently, two students are working on drafting the policy and procedures manual, specifically the application process for both students and home providers to the program.

This project is led by Dr. Kim Bergeron, Principle Investigate and Lori LaMorre-Slatter, RSSW, Project Coordinator and is hosted by the School of Health, Human and Justice Services, SSW program. Other Loyalist departments involved in this project are Residence Housing Services, International Department, and Research Services. Marcom is currently being recruited.

Loyalist College announced the success of this grant on May 19, 2020 www.loyalistcollege.com/news/loyalist-college-awarded-nserc-funding-for-intergenerational-home-sharing-program

 


Ottawa

"Hygge (hue-gah) Homesharing Association is a non-profit organization matching homeowners with 2SLGBTQ homesharers. They work in close partnership with the Ottawa Senior Pride Network and MAX Ottawa. They are driven by:

  1. the anxiety older 2SLGBTQ adults may have regarding having to hide their identities if they enter a long-term care facility; and
  2. the fact that 25%-40% of youth in shelters identify as 2SLGBTQ.

Program Design

In exchange for assistance around the home, the homesharer will receive a proportional discount in rent. This program is perfect for homeowners who require assistance with home maintenance in order to continue living independently, and homesharers who would enjoy assisting and providing companionship.

Participation

The pilot program is starting in September 2019. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please .

Visit us at: www.hyggehomesharing.ca

 


Toronto

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Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto program that matches older adults (aged 55 and over) wishing to share a spare room in their home with university and college students seeking affordable housing in Toronto. In exchange for reduced rent, between $400-600 per month as determined by the home owner. The student provides up to ten hours per week of companionship and/or help with light household tasks, such as preparing and sharing a meal, tidying up, or walking a pet.

The Toronto HomeShare Program is unique in that it is entirely facilitated by social workers who will match participants based on a variety of characteristics and preferences, will ensure all participants receive a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and will be available for mediation and support throughout the HomeShare experience for both the home owner and the student.

We are currently seeking both students and home owners for our Program, with move-ins starting in September 2019.

For more information, including how to apply, please

Jackie Tanner
Program Manager
Toronto HomeShare Program
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)
T: 416-978-4706
E:
www.nicenet.ca
Andrea Austen, MA
City of Toronto
416-392-5140

www.toronto.ca
Raza Mirza
NICE
416-978-2197

www.nicenet.ca

 

 


Other communities in Ontario are also exploring the possibilities. Please if you would like start a program in your area.

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