After working for many years to make a positive difference in our housing prospects, I have boiled it down to this process.
- Creating many opportunities for casual conversations with people you already know and with new people who may have shared interests.
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- Hosting frequent potlucks. Having a conversation over a shared meal is a good way to get to know others and to discover common interests. I will host potlucks in my home and I would be delighted to partner with you to host one in your home too.
Except for the hike up four flights of stairs, my apartment is ideal because I can accommodate only 8 people total – the perfect number for conversation where every voice is welcomed and heard.
- Meeting for coffee. I suggest having coffee to talk about my passion – housing. Whether that is sharing a home, buying an apartment building with others to start a co-op, buying houses in the same neighborhood, or a wide variety of ideas.
- Those who are interested are invited to complete the Self-Maintained Profile for Home Sharing. Profiles will go into a database with useful searchable information.
This service is free to the first 300 people and, when that threshold is met, there will be a modest charge. This link takes you to the profile but it’s small and not easy to read. I’ll have it with me when we meet for coffee. With enough people, finding compatible others will be easy. The result will be a lively community in which everyone thrives.
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