NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County officials are urging seniors who struggle with meeting expenses to consider a program matching homeowners with other seniors looking to share a residence because of the high cost of housing.
Bridgewater-based HomeSharing Inc. is a non-profit organization that helps people maintain their homes by finding the right fit with another person.
"HomeSharing screens both homeowners and those seeking to share a home and provides options for each to find the right match," the agency said in a statement.
Under the program, staff members at HomeSharing produce a contract agreed upon by both parties to guide the shared living arrangement, and the organization stays in touch to help out with further support.
The organization cited one recent case in which a senior citizen was working two part-time jobs but she was still struggling to cover the costs. She was introduced to another woman who recently became a widow and had lost income for her living expenses.
According to the agency, the women developed a relationship and agreed to share expenses by staying in one home.
In each instance, each of the people has a private bedroom and common living areas are shared, including the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The monthly rents range from $500 to $800, depending on the request of the homeowner.
The program is free and available to people of every demographic in Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties.
More information is available by contacting HomeSharing, at 120 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater. Staff members can be reached at (908) 526-4663, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 4 p.m. on Fridays.