Homesharing is when two unrelated people live in a home together and share expenses. Offering a fresh take on roommate living, it’s a win-win solution for those seeking affordable housing — typically younger adults — and those in need of some support to live on their own — often older, active adults.
With the help of a homeshare program like Odd Couples Housing, homeowners offer their spare rooms to seekers at low cost in exchange for an agreed level of support (household chores, transportation, house or pet sitting, etc.).
A Growing Global Trend
People everywhere are living longer. And, as more older adults are aging in place, students and young professionals are struggling to find budget-friendly places to live. Homesharing is a convenient and cost-effective solution to both the affordable housing crisis and a rapidly aging population.
America’s Aging Population is Unprecedented
Here are some facts on aging in the United States.
- Over 100 million people are over the age of 55 — this number is growing rapidly (PRB)
- 76 percent of people ages 50 and above prefer to remain in their current homes (AARP)
- Older people are more likely to live alone in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world (Pew Research Center)
Shared Living. Connecting Generations.
As we shift to a post-pandemic world, maintaining relationships is a crucial part of healthy aging. Although digital technology and social media have helped us stay connected, many people are still feeling lonely and isolated, especially our older and younger populations.
Luckily, homesharing not only helps ward off loneliness, but it also offsets housing costs in an extraordinarily expensive market — providing both financial and emotional relief.
There are many advantages to intergenerational homesharing. For example, it:
- Promotes lifelong learning through an understanding and appreciation between different generations
- Provides reliable assistance in the home
- Creates opportunities to form stronger social bonds through shared activities like cooking, listening to music, watching movies or playing games
- Gives comfort, security, and peace of mind knowing that someone’s there if you need help
A Way to Give Back
At Odd Couples Housing, we aim to connect generations, giving older and younger adults the opportunity to make a mark in their communities while enhancing their own lives.
“Helping those young adults and students afford a safe, comfortable place to live while allowing both generations to give back, have assistance with chores, a little extra spending money, new energy in their house, and peace of mind for their family is our goal.”
— Erin Loughrey, Director of Colorado Development at Odd Couples Housing
Together, we can create a sustainable future by bringing generations together.
How Matching Works
Whether you want to fill an extra room or live in a less expensive place (or know someone who does), we’ve got your back! We make it easy for you to sign up and find your perfect match. With our proprietary matching algorithm and the personal assistance of our Match Team, you’ll be connected to the right people who fit your needs and personality.
Learn more about matching here.
There are four simple steps to finding a roommate who’s right for you.
Step 1: Complete Your Profile
Homeowners list their available rooms. Seekers describe their ideal home. Then both complete a questionnaire designed to identify compatible housemates.
Step 2: Find Your Match
Seekers first select potential Homeowners. Then, Homeowners decide which Seekers are most compatible.
Step 3: Meet Your Match
We’ll set up an introductory meeting and a tour of the home.
Step 4: Move In!
Before moving in, both housemates must sign a living arrangement document with suggested guidelines and expectations.