HousingMatch.org is a private online community by agency referral only. The database is accessed by case managers from agencies all over the state who help to connect people in the network. Agencies will run background checks and assess prospective members’ eligibility for the network. They help with rental agreements and crafting house rules, and they provide ongoing supports to ensure that the arrangement is a good match.
HousingMatch.org brings back the oldest form of networking on the planet- communities supporting communities. Shared housing is not new. People have been sharing housing, childcare, household chores and thriving in extended shared housing networks for ages. These are difficult times. With more budget cuts, fewer services are available and our children are the first to suffer. Our vision is to provide a safe, affordable, long term solution to the current housing crisis with supported shared housing arrangements by networking agencies, families and individuals.
HousingMatch.org is formed in response to a growing problem in our country-homelessness. Because there is so little affordable housing and dwindling public and subsidized housing opportunities, we need to look to each other for support if we are going to provide everyone with the safe, clean, healthy homes we deserve.
Our mission is to provide a network for families and individuals to share housing; obtain resources and services; secure healthy, safe, affordable homes; and reduce homelessness.
Stabilization Specialist and Housing Advocate
Former Director of Family Emergency Services, Family Aid Boston
Senior Consultant, Colomina, Blessing & Associates
Deputy Director, Catholic Charities of Boston
Fellow, Financial Leadership Program, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Family Support Specialist
Massachusetts State Emergency Shelter Commission