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The Halton HomeShare Program

The Halton HomeShare Program

Status: Ongoing

Burlington Canada
Print this page City population: 25000019% over 60Practice started in 2015


The Burlington Age-Friendly Seniors Council’s Housing Committee developed The Halton HomeShare Toolkit for the purpose of providing a self-resource to individuals who are interested in learning more about HomeShare or considering this model as a housing alternative. HomeShare is a living arrangement generally between two people who reside together in the same residence. While each person has his or her own private space, they will typically share common areas, such as the living room and kitchen. Household responsibilities can be shared, or services exchanged for reduced accommodation expenses. Services could include: gardening, household cleaning, shopping, and taking care of pets and more. HomeShare can be good solution for many older adults who wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible but may find it difficult to maintain household responsibilities. It enables older adults to remain independent and active, while developing meaningful relationships. There are many individuals who may seek housing and due to a lack of available and affordable housing options, HomeShare would serve as a good solution. HomeShare can offer companionship, reduce isolation and provide safety and security. While building awareness in the community of Burlington on HomeShare, and based on the work of the Housing Committee, the Halton Region (Regional Government), is adopting the model and will be implementing the Halton HomeShare Program in Burlington in 2016. The Age-Friendly Housing Committee will serve as an advisory on the process and share recommendations. Although not a new concept in many parts of the world, it is unique to our community and we recognize that HomeShare can be good for many people but not for everyone. HomeShare empowers home providers and home seekers the ability to live in affordable, shared accommodation inclusive of respect, choice, dignity and is of mutual benefit to all.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Younger people

Sector(s): Housing

Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Intergenerational activities

Other Issues: Decrease isolation and enabling older adults to remain in their homes

Contact details

Name: Thompson, Heather

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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