Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Metro HomeShare (MHS) is designed to support individuals from all backgrounds and ages in securing affordable housing and to allow those at-risk of losing their housing to gain stability through homesharing.
The program model includes a thorough vetting process to ensure both the Home Provider and the Home Seeker feel confident about entering a successful homeshare agreement.
Home Provider Criteria:
>> An individual with extra space in their home, who is able to legally rent the extra space, and is willing to live with a housemate and share common areas of their home.
>> An individual seeking assistance in the form of rent or services or a combination of both.
Download Home Provider Application
Home Seeker Criteria:
>> An individual (or in some cases a couple or family) in need of housing who is willing to live with a housemate and share common areas of the home (e.g., kitchen, living room, backyard, etc.).
>> An individual willing to participate in a service exchange agreement as part of the homeshare arrangement (e.g., housekeeping, pet care, companionship, etc.).
Download Home Seeker Application.
Download Client Criteria & Agency Referral Sheet.
>> Interested applicants will complete and submit an application form and documents.
>> MHS staff will conduct home visits and run background, rental and credit checks, ensuring the applicant qualifies for the homeshare program.
Completed applications can be received by:
>> Mail to Metro HomeShare, 10011 SE Division St., Suite 314, Portland, OR 97266.
>> Email PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Hand deliver at In-person client orientations. For client orientation dates, please refer to Metro HomeShare’s Facebook page.
>> Home Providers and Home Seekers will attend separate orientations to receive information and coaching on interviewing and entering the homeshare agreement.
>> MHS staff will collect information and build a client profile in the MHS Database.
>> Match candidates will be released to Home Seekers following the intake.
>> Home Provider and Home Seeker will complete a phone interview.
>> Both clients will meet with dispute resolution office to complete the contract negotiations.
>> Clients will be offered an optional trial move-in period before the final agreement is signed.
>> Clients will sign and finalize the rental agreement alongside MHS staff and set a move-in date and a 60-day match follow-up appointment with dispute resolution.
>> Once the Home Seeker has moved into the home, the match has started.
>> Clients will attend the 60-day match follow-up with dispute resolution.
>> MHS staff will conduct periodic check-ins to evaluate and track progress.
>> Ongoing support from MHS will continue for two years after the match is made.
>> When clients are ready to end a match, MHS staff will conduct exit intakes with both parties.
>> If matches are ended on good terms and clients would like to be re-listed, MHS staff will re-enter them into the MHS database.