Many people are struggling with housing costs, whether they want to rent or buy. Students and recent graduates are having a particularly hard time. If they want to buy in the future they need to save, but rents are so high that this can be impossible. Families with young children are also finding it difficult to afford bigger houses to accommodate their needs.
Two completely different strategies offer ways forward.
- Homeshares – below
- Housing co-operatives – separate post
Whilst 20-somethings are looking for somewhere reasonable to rent in the cities as well as enabling them to save, many elderly but fit people would like to continue living in their family house. But they often need some help shopping and cleaning as well as some company and conversation. It doesn’t require a big leap in imagination to see the potential win-win here.
Homeshare explains how this works and gives details of homeshare programmes across the world. Programmes are run by not-for-profit agencies and the people running them usually have a background in social work. All the agencies work differently, but they all manage the application process and most screen the applicants and personally match people. I’m surprised that there aren’t even more Homeshare programmes, I think there should be at least one in every county and city.