Shared Housing: An Option for Homeless Families? A Feasibility Study (2019)
This research study seeks to provide recommendations for designing and implementing a shared housing program that would match senior homeowners with families experiencing homelessness. HealthSpark funded this project through a 2019 Innovation Lab grant to Interfaith Housing Alliance and the Senior Adult Activities Center of Montgomery County (Montco SAAC).
The feasibility study, completed by Karen Hosler Kispert, Ph. D., includes a summary of her literature review, website reviews, practitioner interviews, data set analysis, and survey questionnaires from senior homeowners and families experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County. The findings include:
Shared housing would meet the needs of senior homeowners.
Challenges to successful shared housing are real, but can be overcome.
The keys to overcoming challenges to successful shared housing are planning, clear and appropriate matching procedures, careful document preparation, and ongoing case management with negotiation or mediation as needed.
The organizations operating the shared housing program must commit adequate personnel and other resources for the program to sustain over time.
Shared housing can become a means for homelessness prevention or shelter diversion.
The feasibility study includes recommendations for next steps, which include analysis of housing stock and trends and implementation of a pilot program to build capacity.
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