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Could a Homeshare program work on the Central Coast?

THE world is full of fresh ideas and new business models including such ground-breaking models as Air BnB and Uber.

This new system has been called the "sharing economy".

Alternatively, in terms of public housing, councils are looking for fresh means of sharing.

In Gosford, the Tiny Homes Foundation has been embraced and - sooner rather than later - eight tiny homes on council land will be available as social housing.

Parramatta Council has also come up with a new idea to fight homelessness.

But first they are going to the community and asking these questions.

Questions include:

Do you have a spare room and need some help around the house?

Or are you looking for a room and would be happy to provide assistance to someone if it meant lower rent? With Sydney in the middle of a housing affordability crisis, Homeshare programs are popping up as a creative way for people to access affordable housing.

Homeshare is a simple idea: Someone with a spare room invites someone in need of affordable housing to live with them, in return for an agreed number of hours of help, and a financial contribution below market rent.

Parramatta City Council wants to find out if there is support for starting up a Homeshare program in the area.

But is this a housing model that could be taken up in other areas?

Would you be interested in Homeshare?

If you have thoughts on the subject, let me know what you think and email me at editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au


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