The solution at home
Many local housing organizations are working to build new units of housing, however building new units is expensive and takes time. Additionally, many working professionals do not qualify for subsidized affordable housing. We need more rentals available immediately in order to mitigate the dire effects of losing more of our local workforce.
Home-sharing is one solution already within reach.
Fortunately, Jefferson County has one resource that is plentiful and ready to be put to use as an interim solution. That resource is empty bedrooms. Across the nation more and more people are solving the challenges of isolation, securing financial security, and increasing their quality of life through home-sharing.
Home-sharing is the simple act of living with an unrelated person or people. This can be done in many different ways. Short-term home-sharing (one month to one year) can provide places for people to live who have recently secured a local job and are looking for a place to land, or for traveling nurses, seasonal workers, AmeriCorps volunteers. Jefferson County benefits from all of these types of workers. Long-term home-sharing (more than one year) can be beneficial in many ways.
Intergenerational home-sharing can provide security for seniors, enliven quiet households, and sometimes even lead to in-home child care for families. People who live with room to spare can find home-sharing an enriched way to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.
If you are keen on building relationships, reducing living costs, and supporting our community, here is a roadmap to help you get started on your home-sharing journey.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be notified about opportunities to learn more about home-sharing. Also, keep checking this webpage for more info over the summer, as we will be updating it with resources and a Roadmap to Home-sharing, which is still in progress.