Home Share is a nationally recognized program for providing affordable housing. In Pinellas County the program originated with the Local Community Housing Corporation, a non-profit organization of the Tarpon Springs Housing Authority. In an effort to expand the availability of program services throughout Pinellas County, the LCHC and TSHA teamed up with the Pinellas County Housing Authority in 2010 to create Home Share Pinellas.
Home Share Pinellas matches Home Seekers with Home Providers. Home Sharing promotes living arrangements in which people share a residence based on common needs, interests and preferences. Each arrangement is custom made; therefore, services rendered and costs involved will vary. Our goal is that each arrangement contributes not only to the individuals and families involved, but also to the community by preserving homes and promoting alternative housing solutions.
The program cuts across cultural, ethnic, gender, religious, economic and multi-generational issues. Our counseling model with in-depth interviews of both the Home Seeker and Home Provider insures that matches are made that will have the best possible likelihood of long-term success.
Home Providers are people who have more housing than they are able to maintain or afford. They are house rich and money poor; struggling to pay utilities, maintenance of the home, insurance and taxes. They seek a person to share their living arrangement who can contribute to the finances and perhaps to their life by offering companionship, assistance with house chores etc.
Home Seekers come from all walks of life. They are students, second career seekers, recently divorced persons, low-income families, unemployed persons, homeless individuals/families, and people on fixed incomes. They are in need of a living situation that will allow them to pay an affordable rent and live in a comfortable environment while they stabilize their life situation. Most Home Seekers are among the working poor who can not afford market rentals. Thus, Home Sharing is an excellent option for them, and can often become a long term solution.
The mission of Home Share Pinellas is to provide an affordable community housing option that promotes independence and self worth. For more information about Home Share Pinellas, please visit www.homeshareprogram.org or call 727-945-1528.
Read more about Home Share Pinellas as featured in the St. Petersburg Times!