Home Share Program in the Works for Herndon and Reston

by Fatimah Waseem December 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm 20 Comments

Home share, a nationwide housing program, is offered in just 16 states, according to the National Shared Housing Resource Center. The program, which allows individuals to exchange housing for help in the home, is coming to Fairfax County soon.

GraceFul Homeshare, a family-owned organization that offers in-home care for seniors and older adults with disabilities, is in the process of establishing a home share program for Herndon and Reston. The organization is currently seeking homeowners interested in participating, tenants and volunteers.

The system allows homeowners to offer accommodation to a homesharer who agreed to provide money and/or  help with household tasks in exchange for housing. Advocates say home sharing is an efficient use of existing housing stock, helps preserve the fabric of the neighborhood and lessen the need for care services and long term institutional care.

Examples of homesharers include senior citizens, people with disabilities, working professional and individuals at risk of homelessness.

Interviews and background checks will take place before introductions are arranged. Each part will pay an application fee. If the application is accepted and a match is made, the homework will pay a fee for the service.

For more information about the program, email Dan Flavin at [email protected] for more information. GraceFul serves Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties in Virginia, Maryland’s Montgomery County and surrounding areas.


  • democrat

    This sounds absolutely stupid.

    • One LibIknow

      Republican and I think it sounds stupid too.

      • Reston Realist

        Probably one of the stupidest ideas I have heard in a very long time

        • 40yearsinreston


    • Mike M

      What sounds absolutely stupid? “Democrat?”

  • Amy Sue

    Not a bad idea in principal. It’s always risky to allow a stranger into your home, though, especially to live. My cynical self also fears those who are against taxpayer-funded support for the elderly may increasingly push this type of market-based service as a solution to massive cuts in medicare, medicaid, social security, etc. The old people are taken care of (well, we hope), a private sector company profits, and there’s still enough money left for corporate tax welfare and infinitely increasing defense budgets.

    • Mike M

      Psst! Entitlements are the biggest piece of US layouts.

      • 40yearsinreston

        Corporate entitlements comprise 60%
        Thats why they have amassed over $3 trillions in cash

        • The Constitutionalist

          Your entitlement is showing again, miss. As you seem to believe that a company’s profit belongs to you because you didn’t work for it, or something.


        • Mike M

          We can find common ground on that point. But still, the mass of taxes I pay and the indebtedness amassed in our name and our children’s names goes largely to hand-outs.

    • 40yearsinreston

      Reagonomics 1.01

  • Chuck Morningwood

    It’s a nice idea but fatally flawed. The first time the non-owner residrnt sues the pants off of the resident owner because they slipped on ice in the driveway, this program will come to an end. And that’s too bad because we really do need more community based housing for the least able amongst us.

    • Mike M

      So, we need more lawyers?

      • 40yearsinreston

        Just less repukes

  • 40yearsinreston


  • noodmik

    Nice an advertisement or at least something appears to be an advertisement without it being called an advertisement. This might as well be for an “article” for a service that allows people such as Chuck Morningwood and Mike M to post on articles when they are without Internet service.

    • Mike M

      Nood, you rock.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Your obsession is showing again. I’ll let the doctor know.

  • Kathy B

    What is with all the negative comments. This makes so much sense for a senior &/or disabled person. If background checks are done and both participants lifestyle habits are compatible, it could be a win-win.

  • Cindy

    Hmmm, the comments seem to reflect a lot of assumptions and not much knowledge of Home Share programs. I used a Home Share program in Vermont for about 4 years for my Mom, so that she could live at home. Home Share lined up someone to live with her, be a protective presence, make sure she took her pills, shop for groceries, make sure she got her meals, and keep the family notified of any issues. I lived in VA, with my family, so I couldn’t be there to do that. The Home Sharer paid no rent, but got a nice place to live and had all utilities (internet, cable, water, electricity, etc.) and some other expenses paid by me, in return for helping my mom. The Home Share organization that helped arrange this was a nonprofit — not a government agency, not a private firm making a profit, with a small staff who got small salaries. Home Share of Central Vermont helped find and match up people who needed a place to stay and people who needed someone in their home; they did security screening; and they helped resolve any issues that cropped up. What is there to criticize about that? It saved us ALL a lot of money — avoided a nursing home, government costs, gave someone a roof over their head, enabled an elderly person to live at home.


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