Metro HomeShare will conduct home visits, run background checks, create a comprehensive matching profile and collect references, ensuring each participant is a good fit for the program.

Metro HomeShare’s thorough vetting process allows both the Home Provider and the Home Seeker to feel confident when entering the 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 willing to rent out a room at a below-market rate.
> An individual seeking assistance in the form of rent or services or a combination of both.
> Pass a criminal background check.

Download Home Provider Application

Home Seeker Criteria:
> An individual 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.).
> Pass a criminal background check.

Download Home Seeker Intake Form


Completed applications can be received by:
> Mail to Metro HomeShare, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239.
> Email PDF form to
> In-person at intake orientations. For intake orientation dates, please contact the MHS office at (971) 271-5195.

More Ways to Get Involved

> Like us on Facebook.
> Donate to Metro HomeShare and help support affordable housing!
> Subscribe to "Metro HomeShare Community News" (view the latest issue)
> Invite us to speak to your congregation or organization.
> Ask your church or social group to have a special offering/collection to benefit MHS.
> Spread the word within your neighborhood.
> Know of someone who could benefit from sharing their home? Refer a home provider to MHS.


We are proud to partner with agencies, organizations and funders who believe in the impact a shared housing program can have in the Portland metro area. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Metro HomeShare are proud to work in collaboration with:

African American Alliance for Home Ownership
Beaverton Center for Mediation and Dialogue
City of Beaverton
City of Hillsboro
City of Tigard
Meyer Memorial Trust
Multnomah County Aging, Disability & Veteran’s Services
Portland Housing Bureau
Resolutions Northwest
Washington County

Return to Metro HomeShare


location 245 S. Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239
phone (971) 271-5195
Andrew Brown, Metro HomeShare Program Manager