Home Sharing is Purposeful Living
Sunshine Home Share Colorado (Sunshine) was established in 2015 to meet the growing demand for in-home affordable senior supportive services and the increasing need for affordable housing. Sunshine is the first home sharing program in the state. Seniors with an empty bedroom rent to individuals needing an affordable place to live and price the rent in accordance with hours of additional services or companionship provided. Staff help the Home Provider and Home Seeker once matched, create a Living Together Contact so expectations of chores, companionship, and supports are agreed upon prior to living together. Home Sharing increases the Home Providers access to transportation, improves home upkeep, decreases social isolation, relieves caregiver burden, increases economic security, and creates affordable housing using existing housing stock.
Denver is facing a shortage of 26,000 affordable housing units and expected to reach 40,000 in the next 3 years. Seniors are sleeping in their cars, priced out of the current housing market. Rising housing values, property taxes, and the cost of in home services are forcing seniors to lose their homes and move into cost prohibitive skilled care prematurely, placing economic burdens on families and our public health care systems. While, Sunshine is experiencing rapid growth and the need for innovation continues, our organization is limited in ability to scale due to the social work intensive support necessary to make a safe, successful, long-lasting home share match. The ability to scale and increase our numbers served is contingent on the ability to receive the community support and funding.
Consider the impact on a single match made. One match on average provides $6,000 in additional income to a home provider, a home seeker provides on average 190 hours a year in supportive services and companionship with a value of $4,370 per year to the home provider. Our matches show improved health, decreased isolation, improved economic security, and satisfaction with the home sharing process, while creating a safe stable home. Home sharing serves as both a homeless prevention and aging in place solution and is the safe alternative for seniors utilizing high risk, online platforms out of necessity.
Sunshine Home Share Colorado (Sunshine) was established in 2015 to meet the growing demand for in-home affordable senior supportive services and the increasing need for affordable housing. Sunshine is...read more
Sunshine Home Share Colorado (Sunshine) is a program developed to assist seniors in their ability to age in place by increasing their network of support. Through community collaborations and ...read more