Home Share Melbourne has piloted using homeshare to exit young people from homelessness. We believe that groups who could benefit from homeshare include young adults leaving foster care, those living in crisis accommodations and youth refuges or those escaping family violence. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement that provides support and assistance for both parties involved. To make this happen, Home Share Melbourne rely on donations. If you are interested in donating to sponsor a young person, please visit our donate page. If you have a spare bedroom and are happy to accommodate a young person, please complete the eligibility survey.
What is the eligibility criteria?
People offering rooms need to have secure tenure and be either renters or owners. Renters must have permission from their landlord.
People must be over the age of 18 years old and have a minimum of one spare bedroom in good condition.
Both parties need to be able to manage living in a shared environment and be committed to the values of homesharing which include reciprocity, respect and kindness.
What are the benefits of homesharing?
Homesharing is a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. Offering a home to a young person will support them find employment and will provide them with friendship and hope for the future.
How long does my room have to be available?
A minimum of six months is required as a lot of time and energy goes into matching the right people together. However, we understand that people's circumstances change and that not all matches will work long term. Either party can end the arrangement early if needed.
What safety checks are involved?
Two reference checks are completed by phone as well as a police check on people offering their spare room. Two reference checks are also completed on the person however, it is commonly not possible to conduct police checks due to factors such as the individuals having limited ID.
What ongoing support is provided?
Our team will check in regularly with both parties throughout the first six month period.
What if I have a pet?
Please let us know if you have a pet and will will try and match you with an animal lover.