Why Share Housing

The problem

  • Scarcity of affordable housing options:
  • Most low-income wage earners cannot afford to pay high rents:
    • An average worker earning a minimum wage ($11/hour) would have to work 87 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the Boston metropolitan area**.
    • **Massachusetts Low Income Housing Coalition, http://nlihc.org/oor/massachusetts

The solution

  • Shared resources go beyond housing
    • Tenants can share: Childcare, bills, food, and transportation costs
  • Agencies help tenants access services
    • Basic Needs benefits (food stamps, cash benefits, clothing, etc)
    • Rental assistance,
    • utility assistance,
    • landlord-tenant mediation and legal services.