What We Do

We create low social risk opportunities for people who may be interested in home sharing to find others who might also be interested.

Facilitating the Choice of Where and With Whom to Live

Stone Soup, Leland Kitchen, Chicago, IL
Stone Soup, Leland Kitchen, Chicago, IL

Housing Mixers are our primary method. These are monthly community gatherings where people who share common ground gather to consider a wide range of home sharing options. An important component is finding people with whom you feel a tribal connection. As participants meet others they like, whose children they like, and whose children like them, they may form affinity groups and consider home sharing. At this point, our licensed social service professionals (SSPs) will support them to evaluate their options wisely and offer training in effective communication.

We discourage getting into a housing situation too quickly and without a detached third party to identify potential personality mismatches. The SSP will help potential sharers establish healthy boundaries, ground rules, and a process for resolving difficulties.

How We Do It

Working together with host organizations – churches, mosques, temples and community groups – and the real estate community, we can make a substantial impact on our twin crises – social and housing. People who live in stable housing environments will be calmer, healthier, and more capable of able to raising their families, focusing on their work and prioritizing their education.

Host organizations will designate a liaison team to help their members get comfortable with home sharing and, if it appeals to them, apply for housing.

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The Self Maintained Profile for Home Sharing is the starting point and is designed as a guide to discern the features and qualities that a potential home sharer desires or wants to avoid. Once someone decides to go forward, the next steps are completing the profile, being interviewed, paying a fee and the a background check.

Fees will vary based on the type of home in which an applicant is interested – a Professional Home managed by a Professional Homemaker, a dormitory arrangement or a non-familial shared home. We assume that Professional Homes and dormitory housing will include meals. The Types of Housing Page describes these in more detail.

Each dwelling will have its distinct personality, shaped, of course, by the people who live there, especially the Professional Homemaker,  who could be a man or a woman. Professional Homes and dormitories will meet the New Community Vision standard of gracious living . The New Community Vision homes are clean, uncluttered and tastefully furnished. Real food is served on real dishes and eaten using real cutlery.  This is not the place for eating carry out on TV trays in front of the television – except for special occasions, such as the Blackhawks bringing home a Stanley Cup! Most important is that the environment is stable.

The World Has Changed, So Must We

The world is changing so rapidly that your head might spin trying to keep up. On the housing front, buyers are competing against deep-pocketed investors who buy houses to flip or to rent. Renters are finding a landlord’s market with low vacancies and high rents. Unable to find housing that takes only 30 percent of one’s income, many people double up–live with others to save money. Our goal is to make that process easy, and yes, even fun.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) developed this chart showing state-by-state the wage required to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

NLIHC - Wage to Afford a 2-br Apartment
NLIHC – Wage to Afford a 2-br Apartment