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- How does HomeSharing Work?
- Service Arrangements
HOW DOES HOMESHARING WORK?
New clients can call or stop into the office (opened 9am to 5pm Monday - Thursday and 9 - 4 on Friday). A brief interview is conducted to determine if HomeSharing is appropriate to meet the client’s needs. All client information is kept strictly confidential.
To start the HomeShare process, the client must complete a short application which requests the names of three people we can contact as character references. These references cannot be related to the applicant, must have known the applicant for a year or longer, and must be accessible by telephone during the workday (other contact arrangements can be made if necessary).
Once the references have been interviewed, the applicant meets with the social worker to discuss their housing needs in detail. Seekers meet with the social worker in our office; Providers are interviewed in their homes so the prospective accommodation can also be inspected.
Based on the clients' preferences and requirements, they are referred to suitable clients. The Provider receives the names of appropriate Seekers and the Seeker receives the first name and phone numbers of several suitable Providers. The Provider’s anonymity is always protected. S/he decides if, when and where to meet the Seeker. HomeSharing doesn’t “place” people in homes. We provide clients with screened applicants which enable them to decide for themselves who to live with.
Providers must live in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, or Union County. Seekers can come from anywhere in the country and must be trying to move into our service area.
Providers should have a suitable house or apartment with a separate bedroom for a Seeker. Providers and Seekers must be independent enough to meet their own basic needs.
Occasionally, a Provider needs some help around the house and is looking for someone who is willing to live in their home under a “service arrangement”. In that situation, the Seeker's rent is reduced (or free) in exchange for help with household chores or services (for example, cooking, cleaning, shopping, yard work, etc.). In such cases, the HomeSharing Social Worker helps the Provider and Seeker negotiate and document an agreement which details the work-for-rent arrangement.
HomeSharing cannot provide legal or financial assistance. We do not become involved in negotiating or preparing leases or other agreements. HomeSharing cannot provide housing for people requiring extensive personal service or medical care. HomeSharing cannot guarantee that a suitable match will be arranged within a specified period of time.