ERIC Number: ED250022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Homesharing: A Project for the Community and the College. NCCSCE Working Paper Series.
Price, A. Rae
Since its inception in 1982, the Metropolitan Community Colleges' Homesharing Project has helped hundreds of people who have space in their homes to share to link up with people who need places to live. The Homesharing Project involves the following: (1) a person who is interested in sharing his/her home calls for information about the program; (2) a questionnaire and information is sent to the homeowner by a project staff member; (3) interviews are held with interested homeowners (in the home) and homeseekers (in the office); (4) during the interviews, each party is asked what he/she can offer (e.g., space, help with bills or chores, and home maintenance); (5) participants are matched on the basis of location, transportation, and financial requirements; (6) interested homeowners are introduced to potential homesharers; (7) if the parties agree, they sign a Homesharing Agreement Statement and a Non-Liability Contract, and the homesharer moves in at the time specified by the homeowner; and (8) the project staff make themselves available for consultation and follow-up interviews as needed. During the first 2 years of the project, 2,849 people applied for participation in the project, 1,541 interviews were conducted, and 285 matches involving 640 people were completed. The success rate of the homesharing arrangements was approximately 65%. This descriptive report includes information on project funding, staffing, governance, and media support, as well as copies of the "Should I House Share?" questionnaires for homeowner and homesharer respectively, and lists of the steps involved in linking homesharers. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education.