New York Foundation for Senior Citizens

11 Park Place, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007-2801

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens

11 Park Place, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007

NYFSC Free Home Sharing Program

NYFSC Free Home Sharing Program

An Affordable Housing Option

Free of charge and the only service of its kind in New York City, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Home Sharing Program is a matching service that pairs “hosts” who have extra private spaces in their houses or apartments to share with responsible, compatible “guests” seeking suitable housing. 

Adults age 18 or older are eligible, but at least  one of the participants must be age 60 or older. The program seeks to match persons for whom shared living arrangements would enhance their financial and/or social wellbeing, to promote companionship and to relieve feelings of isolation.

The program also serves adult "hosts" age 55 or older, who are interested in sharing their homes with "guests" living with developmental disabilities age 18 and older capable of independent living. 

Professional social work staff provide:

• Comprehensive, confidential intake screening and matching services 
• Assistance with negotiating home sharing arrangements 
• Referral to appropriate program-related government entitlements and social service programs
There are no hidden fees for the Home Sharing Program’s services. When a match takes place, home sharing guests are responsible for a monthly contribution toward mutually agreed upon household expenses and/or provision of household services. 
This free program is a unique and affordable housing solution with many benefits:
  • A low-cost housing alternative
  • Enhances financial well-being
  • Promotes companionship
  • ​Relieves feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • ​Maintains independence in a community setting
  • ​Helps provide security, confidence and savings
Do you have an extra room in your home to share with a responsible guest? Or are you someone who's actively looking for a private living space? If the answer is yes, then our Home Sharing Program can help!

We have safely matched older adults in New York City for over 40 years. Social workers screen and carefully find the right match free of charge.

Tap "Apply Now" and choose to apply as one of the following:

HOST - Offering a private space to a responsible guest

GUEST - Looking for a private living space

How the Home Sharing Program is Funded

Home Sharing Funding
Funding is received through New York State legislators, New York State Office for the Aging, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Council Members’ and Borough Presidents’ discretionary funds as well as private contributions.

Eligibility

Prospective hosts and guests are adults ages 18 and older, with at least one of the match mates being 60 years or older. Hosts must own or rent apartments or houses in one of New York City’s five boroughs and be willing to share part of their dwelling with at least one other compatible person.

Hosts must also provide homes that are 
appropriate and safe for the placement of guests. Guests must be able to live independently. Both hosts and guests must be willing to make reasonable financial and social arrangements. 

A prospective host must provide:

  • Current photo ID
  • Copy of their current lease or proof of ownership of their residence
  • Three professional character reference letters (not from friends or family) on signed letterheads with contact information (ex: doctors, lawyers, realtors, landlords, colleagues).

A prospective guest must provide:

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of income
  • Three professional character reference letters (not from friends or family) on signed letterheads with contact information (ex: doctors, lawyers, realtors, landlords, colleagues).

A prospective guest living with a  developmental disability must have 
a Medicaid Service Coordinator  and provide:

  • A medical evaluation within the past year
  • Psychological and psychosocial evaluations within the past three years
  • ​Proof of income
  • TAB number

An Affordable Housing Option

Free of charge and the only service of its kind in New York City, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Home Sharing Program is a matching service that pairs “hosts” who have extra private spaces in their houses or apartments to share with responsible, compatible “guests” seeking suitable housing. 

Adults age 18 or older are eligible, but at least one of the participants must be age 60 or older. The program seeks to match persons for whom shared living arrangements would enhance their financial and/or social wellbeing, to promote companionship and to relieve feelings of isolation.

The program also serves adult "hosts" age 55 or older, who are interested in sharing their homes with "guests" living with developmental disabilities age 18 and older capable of independent living. 

Professional social work staff provide:

• Comprehensive, confidential intake screening and matching services

• Assistance with negotiating home sharing arrangements

• Referral to appropriate program-related government entitlements and social service programs
There are no hidden fees for the Home Sharing Program’s services. When a match takes place, home sharing guests are responsible for a monthly contribution toward mutually agreed upon household expenses and/or provision of household services. 
This free program is a unique and affordable housing solution with many benefits:
  • A low-cost housing alternative
  • Enhances financial well-being
  • Promotes companionship
  • ​Relieves feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • ​Maintains independence in a community setting
  • ​Helps provide security, confidence and savings
Do you have an extra room in your home to share with a responsible guest? Or are you someone who's actively looking for a private living space? If the answer is yes, then our Home Sharing Program can help!

We have safely matched older adults in New York City for over 40 years. Social workers screen and carefully find the right match free of charge.

Tap "Apply Now" and choose to apply as one of the following:

HOST - Offering a private space to a responsible guest

GUEST - Looking for a private living space

How the Home Sharing Program is Funded

Home Sharing Funding
Funding is received through New York State legislators, New York State Office for the Aging, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Council Members’ and Borough Presidents’ discretionary funds as well as private contributions.

Eligibility

Prospective hosts and guests are adults ages 18 and older, with at least one of the match mates being 60 years or older.

Hosts must own or 
rent apartments or houses in one of New York City’s five boroughs and be willing to share part of their dwelling with at least one other compatible person.

Hosts must also provide homes that are 
appropriate and safe for the placement of guests. Guests must be able to live independently. Both hosts and guests must be willing to make reasonable financial and social arrangements. 

A prospective host must provide:

  • Current photo ID
  • Copy of their current lease or proof of ownership of their residence
  • Three professional character reference letters (not from friends or family) on signed letterheads with contact information (ex: doctors, lawyers, realtors, landlords, colleagues).

A prospective guest must provide:

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of income
  • Three professional character reference letters (not from friends or family) on signed letterheads with contact information (ex: doctors, lawyers, realtors, landlords, colleagues).

A prospective guest living with a developmental disability must have a Medicaid Service Coordinator and provide:

  • A medical evaluation within the past year
  • Psychological and psychosocial evaluations within the past three years
  • ​Proof of income
  • TAB number

More Home Sharing Information

Professional Social Work staff comprehensively screen and check the references of all host and guest applicants. They use QUICK-MATCH, a unique database, to help them determine the most potentially compatible matchmates by inputting their 31 lifestyle objectives.

To facilitate potential hosts and guests in determining their compatibility and willingness to be matched in a shared living arrangement with one another, the staff schedule and attend “match meetings”. Prior to moving in, the service offers a written agreement to help hosts and guests feel a level of confidence and sense of security in their shared living arrangements.

For more than three decades, the enthusiasm of participants in NYFSC’s Home Sharing Program has run high. Home Sharing has attracted considerable recognition in the media as a fresh approach that works and had also gained national recognition as an affordable housing opportunity that can provide financial relief as well as companionship.

Both hosts and guests benefit from reduced housing costs and the possibility of companionship to offset the isolation and loneliness experienced by many living alone.

Hosts and Guests of the Home Share Program

Home Sharing Program Testimonials

“The Home Sharing Program has been helpful to me. They screen for
people that are nice and reliable. They managed to get me a very
compatible sharemate. I don’t feel alone anymore and it helps
financially. "

Freda Schaeffer, Home Sharing Host, Brooklyn
“The notion of sharing for senior citizens is fantastic. The way it was
done was really smooth and comfortable, and it has also helped me meet
people I may not otherwise have met.”

Paul Covington, Home Sharing Host, Manhattan (as told to The New York Post)
“Getting a roommate at my age certainly required some mental
adjustment. But sharing my home has been wonderful in so many ways.”  

Shazzi Felstein, Home Sharing Host, Manhattan (as told to The New York Times)
“Last April, I sought your help with what, at the time, was my pressing
need for suitable housing. Upon submitting references and proof of
income, I was promptly and professionally interviewed by New York
Foundation for Senior Citizens’ social workers. To my surprise, they
alerted me to an opportunity to address my needs in the borough of
Manhattan, a compelling need of mine. Indeed, within another 48 hours,
I was able to visit the subject apartment and the hostess, finding the situation suitable  and the hostess most amiable. 

Carlos B. Rosas, Home Sharing Guest, Manhattan

About New York Foundation for Senior Citizens
(NYFSC)

new york foundation for senior citizens logo
Established in 1968, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is the only non-profit, non-sectarian organization serving New York’s seniors in all five boroughs. The Foundation’s mission is dedicated to helping New York City’s older adults enjoy healthier, safer, productive and dignified lives in their own homes and communities and avoid the need for premature institutionalization.

Always eager to undertake innovative  programs that benefit the senior population, NYFSC provides a wide range of services with the support of Federal, State, City and private funding. The many NYFSC social service programs and buildings that have been serving New York City’s elderly for more than three decades include:

Home Sharing
Respite Care
Home Care
Subsidized, Enriched and Homeless Housing
Project C.A.R.T. Transportation
Case Management
Home Repairs
Home Safety Audits
Senior Citizen Centers
Community Guardian
NY Connects

And, with rapid expansion of the population 
over 60 years old, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens continues to find new solutions that work.

More Home Sharing Information

Professional Social Work staff comprehensively screen and check the references of all host and guest applicants. They use QUICK-MATCH, a unique database, to help them determine the most potentially compatible matchmates by inputting their 31 lifestyle objectives.

To facilitate potential hosts and guests in determining their compatibility and willingness to be matched in a shared living arrangement with one another, the staff schedule and attend “match meetings”. Prior to moving in, the service offers a written agreement to help hosts and guests feel a level of confidence and sense of security in their shared living arrangements.

For more than three decades, the enthusiasm of participants in NYFSC’s Home Sharing Program has run high. Home Sharing has attracted considerable recognition in the media as a fresh approach that works and had also gained national recognition as an affordable housing opportunity that can provide financial relief as well as companionship.

Both hosts and guests benefit from reduced housing costs and the possibility of companionship to offset the isolation and loneliness experienced by many living alone.

Hosts and Guests of the Home Share Program

Home Sharing Program Testimonials

“The Home Sharing Program has been helpful to me. They screen for people that are nice and reliable. They managed to get me a very compatible sharemate. I don’t feel alone anymore and it helps financially. "

Freda Schaeffer, Home Sharing Host, Brooklyn
“The notion of sharing for senior citizens is fantastic. The way it was done was really smooth and comfortable, and it has also helped me meet people I may not otherwise have met.”

Paul Covington, Home Sharing Host, Manhattan (as told to The New York Post)
“Getting a roommate at my age certainly required some mental
adjustment. But sharing my home has been wonderful in so many ways.”  

Shazzi Felstein, Home Sharing Host, Manhattan (as told to The New York Times)
“Last April, I sought your help with what, at the time, was my pressing need for suitable housing. Upon submitting references and proof of
income, I was promptly and professionally interviewed by New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ social workers. To my surprise, they alerted me to an opportunity to address my needs in the borough of Manhattan, a compelling need of mine. Indeed, within another 48 hours, I was able to visit the subject apartment and the hostess, finding the situation suitable  and the hostess most amiable. 

Carlos B. Rosas, Home Sharing Guest, Manhattan

About New York Foundation for Senior Citizens
(NYFSC)

new york foundation for senior citizens logo
Established in 1968, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is the only non-profit, non-sectarian organization serving New York’s seniors in all five boroughs. The Foundation’s mission is dedicated to helping New York City’s older adults enjoy healthier, safer, productive and dignified lives in their own homes and communities and avoid the need for premature institutionalization.

Always eager to undertake innovative programs that benefit the senior population, NYFSC provides a wide range of services with the support of Federal, State, City and private funding. The many NYFSC social service programs and buildings that have been serving New York City’s elderly for more than three decades include:

Home Sharing
Respite Care
Home Care
Subsidized, Enriched and Homeless Housing
Project C.A.R.T. Transportation
Case Management
Home Repairs
Home Safety Audits
Senior Citizen Centers
Community Guardian
NY Connects

And, with rapid expansion of the population 
over 60 years old, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens continues to find new solutions that work.

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Copyright © 1998-2022 · All Rights Reserved · New York Foundation for Senior Citizens