Home-mate matching is a process. The reality is that it takes time and work— the work of self-knowledge and careful selection. We have tools for you. Beyond that there is a big question about how you find someone who is interested in sharing housing? Here are some services that you might find useful.
On-Line Matching Programs
It’s obvious, isn’t it? It should be possible to log into a site and scan it for all the people interested in finding a home-mate match. But are these people in the database for the location where you want to live? Maybe, maybe not. It’s worth checking. Here are websites we know and recommend.
Silvernest is working hard to be the answer you are looking for. We reviewed their services in this blog post. They do charge a fee to people who have homes that they want to share (landlords) but is free to those who are looking (renters) until you want to actually get connected to a potential landlord. They also have numerous services that support home sharing. Click here to go to their website. (This is an affiliate link.)
Home Together Canada
Golden Girls (and Guys) Canada
Golden Girls (and Guys) Canada is based in Ontario, Canada. They are a membership site with six-month and one-year memberships.
Social Service Programs
Social service programs generally have an extensive screening process and will introduce potential home-mates to each other. There are not enough of these programs in the country, but you may be lucky enough to have a home-mate matching program in your area.
The National Shared Housing Resource Center
The National Shared Housing Resource Center is an umbrella organization for the social service programs in the United States. They have a page that lists states and the programs available in each state. You can see it here.