Friday, March 15, 2019
AARP's Livable Communities newsletter had 2 articles of interest regarding housing and elders. The first, Rethinking Student Housing focuses on several projects along the lines of an artist-in-residence program, where music students get free housing in an elder housing community in return for performances as well as "helping with errands and socializing with ... neighbors." The second article, Rethinking What Makes a Great Roommate, focuses on a project that melds two issues: lack of affordable housing and elders who want to stay in their homes but need income. This project, "Nesterly, a website that connects older people who have rooms to spare with young and lower income people seeking medium-term affordable housing. "Homeshare with another generation: The easy, safe way to rent a room," states the site's homepage. " There is a small fee to use the service, which checks out the potential renters. The two parties come to agreement on the terms and price.
Two very creative ideas!