Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Metro HomeShare helps Home Providers stabilize and retain their housing by developing the unused portions of their home into affordable rentals for Home Seekers. Our program also addresses deeper human needs for connection, community, independence and empowerment.
Metro HomeShare (MHS) works with Home Providers to determine if home sharing is a good option for them. We help each home provider establish an appropriate rental amount, chore needs, and create a matching profile that will be used to help introduce them to a potential housemate.
Metro HomeShare works with Home Seekers who are looking for relief from high rental costs and a competitive marketplace. We share our experience and insight about historical matches and partner with each seeker to develop a robust house matching profile.
Home Seeker FAQs
How fast can I find housing with Metro HomeShare? It is important to know that MHS is NOT urgent / emergency housing. MHS is meant to serve as an additional option in your housing search, please be aware that specific timelines cannot be met. Once a participant is fully enrolled, we will contact them as soon as a potential housing opportunity becomes available, however the decision to live together is ultimately up to you and the home provider only.
Do I have to pay a fee for the service? There is a $20 processing fee for all Home Seeker applicants. The processing fee must be paid at the time of your intake appointment. Only cash and credit card payments are accepted.
How much do I have to pay in rent? The average rent in a MHS match is between $500 to $600 per month plus a light chore service exchange. Wait times for rooms under $500 may be up to one year.
What types of chores do home providers ask for? Our home providers usually ask for housekeeping, garden care, transportation, pet care, cooking and companionship. We do not provide medically trained tasks or personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, toileting or feeding.
What can make it difficult to find a match? Metro HomeShare home providers typically rent to only one single individual. If you are hoping to find housing as a couple or a family, MHS may not be the right program for you. Please be aware that having a pet, smoking, and needing lots of storage will make finding a match unlikely.
What if I have a criminal history? Metro HomeShare does screen for criminal history. Felonies that involve money / theft / fraud, arson, person-to-person violent crimes, sexual assault / registered sex offenses, or manufacturing of an illegal substances will be denied. Other charges will be screened on a case by case basis.
Home Provider FAQs
How fast can I find a housemate after I apply? After a provider application is turned in, we will conduct a home visit and create your matching profile in the MHS database. From there, we will screen for potential matches and refer them to you. Finding a housemate is about finding the right fit. This person will be living in your home, so it is important that you choose someone who you’re comfortable with. We highly encourage our home providers to be picky.
What types of chores can I ask for? Home providers can ask for housekeeping, transportation, pet care, yard care, grocery shopping, cooking or overall companionship. Companionship can be sharing a meal together, watching television, playing a game or just simply hanging out.
We do not provide medically trained tasks or personal care, such as bathing, dressing, lifting, toileting or feeding.
Is your program safe? Metro HomeShare believes that safety is paramount to successful home-sharing. We conduct thorough background checks, and every seeker is expected to provide you with three references that are available to speak to you. Our detailed matching profiles ensure that you are offered potential housemates that suite your needs and lifestyle. We get to know our participants and are here to walk you through any worries.
Metro HomeShare screens for criminal history. Felonies that involve money / theft / fraud, arson, person-to-person violent crimes, sexual assault / registered sex offenses, or manufacturing of an illegal substances will be denied.
What if my home-sharing match doesn’t work out? As a part of our service, MHS offers two years of mediation services for conflict resolution or rental agreement negotiation. If something goes wrong, we will work to find a satisfactory resolution.
How much does your service cost? There is no fee for Metro HomeShare’s home provider services, however donations are welcome. Your charitable donation allows MHS to deliver affordable housing opportunities to the community.