Joann Sullivan on November 7th, 2016

200572869-011For several years I have been working with TTN-HOME to educate East Bay residents about the whole range of housing options for seniors. During the past two years, it has become apparent to us that shared housing is a very viable option.

Albany Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid with support from the Diverse Housing Working Group is hosting a program on Shared Housing in Albany.   It will be on Thursday November 17 from 7-9 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Albany City Hall at 1000 San Pablo Avenue.  The purpose is to explore a range of possible options to increase both Albany’s housing stock and improve the residents’ personal housing flexibility. We at TTN-HOME are very excited about the Albany program.

A panel consisting of Loni Gray of ZODwellings, Lilypad Homes and Mary Doleman, an Albany resident who has opened her home to home sharers with talk about their experiences with shared housing and resources that are available to help. Videos from HIP Housing in San Mateo County, a leader in providing creative affordable housing solutions, will be shown.

Why Shared Housing?

Home Sharing is a simple idea: a homeowner offers accommodation to a homesharer in exchange for an agreed level of support in the form of financial exchange, assistance with household tasks, or both.

 The community is also a beneficiary of Home Sharing. Shared living makes efficient use of existing housing stock, helps preserve the fabric of the neighborhood and, in certain cases, helps to lessen the need for costly chore/care services and long term institutional care. A home sharer might be a senior citizen, a person with disabilities, a working professional, someone at-risk of homelessness, a single parent, o r simply a person wishing to share his or her life and home with others. For these people, shared housing offers companionship, affordable housing, security, mutual support and much more.

 Home Sharing programs can offer a more secure alternative to other roommate options. Many programs have staff who are trained to carefully screen each program applicant through interviewing, background checking and personal references.

 From: http://nationalsharedhousing.org

 

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