Recent surveys show that those who found housing through HomeShare Vermont are paying an average rent of $206 per month. Twenty-five percent of participants reported paying no rent in a complete exchange of service for housing. As a result of finding housing through HomeShare Vermont, 60% of participants estimated a savings of at least $400 per month in housing costs.
Surveys also show that those sharing their homes benefit from improved quality of life with the majority of participants feeling safer at home (82%), less lonely (74%), happier (70%) and healthier (50%) as a result of being matched with a house mate through HomeShare Vermont. Additionally, more than one-quarter of those sharing their homes felt they would not be able to live at home safely and comfortably without a home sharer.
These results come from outcomes surveys which HomeShare Vermont has been conducting since 2001. Over the last fourteen years, they have administered 8 surveys and the findings have consistently shown financial and health benefits for program participants.
HomeShare Vermont has over 30 years of experience providing comprehensive screening and matching services to introduce people looking for housing with those who have homes to share. Homeowners are often elderly and need some assistance in order to remain living at home, but there are no age or income requirements to participate. Each home sharing “match” is unique depending on the needs and offerings of the participants. It’s all about people helping each other.
To learn more about HomeShare Vermont, join them for a free, 30-minute informational meeting on Monday, June 8 at noon at their office located at 412 Farrell Street in South Burlington. Please pre-register by calling 802-863-5625.
HomeShare Vermont is a member agency of the United Way of Chittenden County serving Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. For more information visit www.HomeShareVermont.org.