RESEARCH ON HOME SHARING: Home sharing for those experiencing homelessness is not a new concept, and is encouraged by HUD and other federal, state, and local agencies.
Here are some general websites/information regarding Home Sharing in the U.S. and around WA State, and its use to reduce homelessness:
National Shared Housing Resource Center. (Click on link for site)
NSHRC is a clearinghouse of information for people looking to find a shared housing organization in their community or to help get a program started. This site gives “best practices” for this form of housing, per HUD. A national trade organization can play a vital role in establishing shared housing as an important part of the affordable housing sector as well as in educating funders and policymakers. NSHRC has existed as an umbrella group for shared housing programs for over 20 years.
HUD case studies on home sharing. (This is under HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research). https://www.huduser.gov/portal/casestudies/study-09282016-1.html
Shared Housing Services. Shared Housing Services offers low-income individuals and families innovative and affordable solutions in King County, Pierce County, Thurston County and City of Tacoma. They have operated adult home share programs since 1991.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. For someone with a mental health condition, the basic necessity of a stable home can be hard to come by. The lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the most powerful barriers to recovery. When this basic need isn’t met, people cycle in and out of homelessness, jails, shelters and hospitals. Having a safe, appropriate place to live can provide stability to allow you to achieve your goals. NAMI has a good web page on various types of housing as it relates to mental health. https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Securing-Stable-Housing