Homeshare enables two unrelated people to share a home for mutual benefit. The homesharer benefits from low cost accommodation, while the householder receives companionship and practical help in and around their home.
- helps people who need support such as older people, stay in their own homes for longer
- provides affordable accommodation for younger people or key workers, at a time of record housing shortages and high rent.
Novus Homeshare is the charity that we are using to match Barnet residents with suitable homesharers.
How it works
Householders with a spare room receive 40 hours of help per month for tasks such as cooking, laundry, gardening, shopping and companionship.
Although the majority of householders are elderly residents, the scheme also caters for people with special needs. Relatives concerned about loved ones living by themselves are also encouraged to find out more about the scheme which gives peace of mind that their relatives are not alone.
Under the scheme, householders pay £130 per month which covers the administration costs as well as receiving regular check-ups to see how things are going.
The monthly cost of a room for homesharers is £199.34 a month, much less than the average rent cost of rooms in London.
All homesharers go through a vetting system that includes criminal record and background checks, as well as an interview before being introduced to householders.