FAQ
Straight answers to some common questions
FAQS About Shared living
  • Can our daughter have her dog in a shared living home?
    Pets are certainly an option and can be a wonderful addition to a household. You need to consider roommates, landlord rules, and who will provide for the care of her pet.
  • Can the parents supplement the cost of shared living?
    Yes, but you need to be careful you don’t inadvertently violate the rules of your family member’s government funding sources. Doing this can jeopardize your loved one’s benefits.
  • Do we rent or buy?
    This depends on the budget and preferences of the families. Roommates can rent housing on the private market, the families can purchase a property and we have also created partnerships with real estate companies that will purchase, modify, and rent the housing back to our client families on a long-term lease.
  • How can technology support our shared living home?
    Technology can be a great tool to support roommates. Smart Homes can be developed to support the unique needs of the roommates; Partners4Housing can help you explore the right technology for your loved one’s situation.
  • How do we apply for housing subsidies?
    HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) provides a valuable housing subsidy that makes rent more affordable. Waitlists are long; pay attention to when wait lists in your area open, so you can apply. Partners4Housing monitors these lists nationally and will keep you apprised of when lists open. We also help families understand Section 8 eligibility requirements so when they have the opportunity to apply, their loved one will be eligible.
  • How do we decide who pays for what in a shared living development?
    Partners4Housing works with our families to develop equitable household budgets.
  • How do we find and keep quality live-in caregivers?
    One of the most important things to attract and keep good caregivers is a robust compensation package. This should include more than just good pay; making sure the caregiver has enough time off to avoid burnout is also important. Partners4Housing can help you understand what a good compensation package looks like, and how much you should expect to pay in your area
  • How important are compatible roommates?
    Compatible roommates are one of the keys to successful shared living. Common interests and lifestyle preferences are important to a housing arrangement that works well. And keep in mind … best friends don’t always make the best roommates.
  • How important is it that the roommate’s families are compatible?
    We believe that having compatible families can sometimes be MORE important than compatible roommates; it is ultimately the families who will work together to develop the home and support the roommates. In successful shared living homes, the families share similar values and a similar vision for their loved ones’ living arrangement.
  • How long does it take to create a shared living home?
    The process of planning for housing from beginning to end can take three to five years, so it’s important to start planning early. Once you have identified roommates, chosen families committed to moving forward as a group, and engaged Partners4Housing’s services, the process takes, on average, one year.
  • How much does shared living cost?
    This will vary greatly based on needs, desires, location, and lifestyle preferences. Partners4Housing works hard to help families secure the government benefits their loved ones are entitled to. Sharing the costs with other families makes shared living more affordable.
  • Our son has a Section 8 voucher. How do we request reasonable accommodation so he can use his voucher in a shared home?
    HUD allows people with disabilities to request reasonable accommodation to gain access to their programs. Common requests include: an extra bedroom for a live-in caregiver; renting from a relative; transferring the voucher to another housing authority; and allowing people to live together – some with and without vouchers – in the same housing unit. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis and must be written carefully. Partners4Housing can assist with these requests.
  • What does Shared Living look like?
    Shared living is when people live together to share the cost of housing and support services. The families control the housing and hire caregivers to come-in or live-in based on their needs and desires.
  • What happens when we die or are no longer able to provide support to our son in his shared home?
    It’s very important to have a plan for who will step into your shoes when you are no longer able to provide support and oversight. Is there a family member, friend, or professional guardian who will make decisions when you can’t? The beauty of having a shared living home established is that whoever you chose to provide this support will not be alone. Your partnering families will be there to help and the structures will already be in place.
  • Who plans social activities in a shared living home?
    This is a collaborative effort between the roommates, the families, and the caregivers.
  • Who provides transportation for the roommates in a shared home?
    Transportation is key to an active household. Identifying housing near public transportation is an important factor in selecting the housing. Caregivers are often able to provide some transportation as well.

It’s very important to have a plan for who will step into your shoes when you are no longer able to provide support and oversight. Is there a family member, friend, or professional guardian who will make decisions when you can’t? The beauty of having a shared living home established is that whoever you chose to provide this support will not be alone. Your partnering families will be there to help and the structures will already be in place.

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