City of Toronto
Toronto HomeShare Program
O'Hara Aging + Accessibility supports the Toronto HomeShare Program. This innovative program creates inter-generational partnerships by matching older adults with a spare room or space in their home with a college or university student looking for affordable housing.
In exchange for reduced rent, the student contributes 5-7 hours/week to the dynamics of the home. This may include sharing a meal together, helping with light chores, running errands or walking a pet.
O’Hara Aging + Accessibility was retained to support the initial pilot program. Following its incredible success, we continue to provide program advisory services to HomeShare including:
Older adult engagement to connect older adults who are at risk of social isolation with the program
Ongoing updates to policies and procedures to ensure they are age-friendly and accessible
Advice and consultation on best practices for the program
Regular updates to Toronto City Council
Managing and maintaining strong relationships with community partners and responding to media inquiries