Shared Housing Services is a non-profit agency that matches people in need of affordable housing (home seekers) with people who are willing to provide a private bedroom in their homes (home providers) in exchange for rent and/or assistance. Home sharing reduces housing expenses, offers companionship, promotes independence, and increases security for both the home seeker and home provider.
Though SHS works with all adult applicantsthe major focus is on the elderly, disabled, and those with very low incomes.
Application interviews screen for compatibility of lifestyles and personalities. In addition, references are contacted and a criminal background check is performed with the State Patrol.
Potential home sharers negotiate their own living arrangements and regular follow-up services are provided.
When SHS cannot match applicants then SHS attempts to meet housing needs, either at an SHS facility or through a combination of SHS resources and referals.
Applicants will be referred to other community resources when assistance in developing life skills, alcohol/drug treatment, etc. are needed.
The community is also a benefactor. Home sharing makes efficient use of existing housing availability, helps preserve the fabric of the neighborhood and can lessen the need for costly chore/care services and long term institutional care.
Home provider applications are completed from the providers home either by printing out and filling in the application or by filling out the online form.
Home seekers are encouraged to come to the SHS office to complete their application. If they’re unable to do so then arrangements for a case manager can be made.
Referal / Match services to home share residents in South King County, Thurston County, and Kitsap County receive services via mail for those who cannot meet with a case manager in our office in Tacoma.
Transitional Family Housing provides low-income homeless families with up to 24 months to recover from the crises situation that made them homeless.
Transitional Family Housing fosters positive growth in a stable wholesome family atmosphere.
Meeting critical basic family needs for housing is the first step, beyond that a highly structured program stressing positive grouth for families is provided. This encourages raising aspirations for quality of family life and provides the tools families can use to achieve their goals.
As part of a county wide effort to address youth/young adult homelessness in Pierce County, Shared Housing Services is teaming with service providers in the community to create a comprehensive program for young people experiencing homelessness.
Shared Housing Services is implementing the Host Home program, modeled after their very successful Home Sharing program which has been matching low-income/homeless families and individuals to community members with room to spare for 21 years.
The Host Home program pairs a young person experiencing homelessness with a caring individual/family that has a spare bedroom and wants to make a difference. Host Home Providers receive support services from a Housing Specialist along with financial assistance.
Shared Housing Services officially begins this program January 2013 and needs support from the community. Shared Housing is in need of caring adults willing to open their home to a young adult experiencing homelessness.
Nationally recognized, Shared Housing Services in Tacoma specializes in home sharing; bringing together people seeking housing and people needing someone to share their home. Home sharing makes efficient use of existing housing and helps prevent homelessness.