About HomeShare ACT
Shared living -- made simpler and better
HomeShare was first established by Community Connections Inc., in 2013. For 5 years our Project Manager, Lee Harrison, assisted householders and home-sharers in Canberra to develop and sustain over 60 home-sharing agreements.
Between 2013 and 2018 we matched 23 householders with 51 voluntary home-sharers. The partnerships lasted from between 9 months and over 4 years in some cases.
Householders -- homeowners, public housing tenants or people renting in the private rented sector -- made a private room available at low-rent or no-rent to the home-sharer. In return the home-sharer committed to providing an agreed number of hours support (maximum of 20) each week to the person with disability with whom they lived.
HomeShare. Meeting the needs of both partners.
Shared living -- renewed and expanded
HomeShare ACT was re-established in 2020 thanks to a grant from the ACT Government's Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. The grant is provided by the ACT Government's Directorate of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development.
Our expanded project
HomeShare ACT now supports home-sharing partnerships involving partners from a broader and more diverse background.
People with disability.
Older people, particularly, women, seeking to remain in their own home.
Informal and family carers.
Younger people, perhaps with lower incomes, looking to contribute time, companionship and support to others.
HomeShare. Meeting needs across the community.
Shared living -- working together across communities
HomeShare ACT is managed by Community Connections Inc., which was established in 1998. We are based in Kambah from where we have been providing disability supports for over 20 years. We are an NDIS registered provider of support coordination and plan management.
HomeShare ACT has an advisory committee drawn from across the community sector in the ACT.
Lisa Kelly, Carers ACT
Robyn McKay, Catholic Care ACT
Faye Jackson, My Choice My Support
Shelagh Keith, YWCA ACT
HomeShare ACT is a member of the Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Alliance (HANZA), the national home-sharing voice.
HomeShare ACT. Contact our Project Manager, Lee Harrison here.