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What is Homeshare?

Homeshare matches people who need companionship and some practical help to live at home (Householders) with people who need accommodation (Homesharers). Homesharers provide companionship, an overnight presence and up to 10 hours of practical help per week instead of rent. Homesharers provide their own food and a share of utility bills.  See our Homeshare brochure (pdf) for more information.

Homeshare can be provided as:

  • a free Government-funded program, 
  • a self-funded service, or
  • as part of an NDIS plan for those covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Who are Householders?

Householders are people over 65 or people with disability who live in their own homes in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and who can benefit from companionship and practical assistance.

Who are Homesharers?

Homesharers can come from all backgrounds, aged from their 20s through to retirees. They are mature, reliable and are interested in living with an older person or person with a disability, as well as benefiting from living rent-free. Homesharers undergo a thorough application, interview, referee and police check process. They must commit themselves to the program for a minimum of 12 months.

What help do Homesharers provide?

Instead of paying rent, Homesharers provide up to 10 hours per week of assistance around the house. This can include: cooking, housework, gardening, shopping, pet care, and transport (as long as no personal care is involved).

Matching

Householders and Homesharers are matched according to personalities, interests, routines and needs. They only decide to homeshare together after getting to know each other with the assistance of our Homeshare Co-ordinators.

Agreements

People commence a Homeshare by having a four week trial period which is closely monitored and supported by the Homeshare Co-ordinators and a written agreement. A long-term agreement is then negotiated if both choose to continue after that trial period.

Become a Householder or Homesharer

Download the Homesharer Application Form.

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