Shared Housing

“If more Americans shared housing, it could virtually end homelessness.” (Ellen & O’Flaherty, 2002)

Shared housing is any situation in which an agreement formalizes the co-residence of two or more family units within the same housing unit. Shared housing is not envisioned as a replacement for existing homeless assistance tools; rather, an expansion of shared housing, coupled with maintained or increased resources for short-, medium-, and long-term rental assistance and case management, would allow providers to stabilize more homeless households. Shared housing should not be confused with “doubled up” or “couch surfing”; shared housing is permanent housing with a lease. Shared housing can be used as a diversion method.

Examples of shared housing include: having roommates, living with your mother, college dorms, seniors living together, live-in care assistants, transition age youth, nannies, etc.

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