By Lisa Smith
Although most of us want to stay in our homes as we age, it can become harder as the years pass. Our children move on and out, our yard and home maintenance is never-ending, and the house seems larger and quieter. With Florida hosting nearly a quarter of the retirement-aged population in America, homesharing is a natural solution for the Sunshine State.
Why Homesharing for Florida?
With seven million people over the age of 60 expected to call Florida home in the coming years and four million Floridians supporting a post-retirement-age family member or friend, there’s a large and growing need to get creative with housing and community engagement. Homesharing through Silvernest is a simple, secure solution to support Floridians aging in place (not to mention the friends and family invested in their wellbeing).
Homesharing for Income, Around-the-House Help, and Social Good
Florida homeowners can use their largest asset—their homes— to bring in extra income, get help around the house, and fill some of those empty rooms with compatible housemates.
Bringing a housemate into your home can brighten it with new energy, and even create a positive community impact. Many homeowners choose to homeshare to provide a more affordable, secure housing option to hardworking students, teachers, public servants, and young professionals in their community.
It’s not all philanthropy, though! A housemate can be the extra set of hands around the home that makes staying home manageable, not overwhelming. By matching homeowners and renters based on compatibility—including the option to accept/pay reduced rent in exchange for help around the house—Silvernest allows both parties to create an arrangement that benefits and works for them. Homeowners across the US are using Silvernest to supplement their income an average $10,000 per year by renting out their spare rooms. At the same time, renters save an average $9,000 per year by homesharing rather than paying market rent rates.
Silvernest and SoFIA: Partnering to Educate Floridians on Homesharing
Like compatible housemates, homesharing and Florida are a match made in heaven. For all the reasons above, the Sunshine State is particularly well positioned to benefit from homesharing—and the first step is equipping homeowners with the knowledge they need to determine if homesharing is right for them. Silvernest and the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a nonprofit focused on empowering people as they age with services, insights and education, recently announced a partnership focused on providing exactly that kind of knowledge.
About the Author Lisa Smith
Lisa served in the Air Force before hanging up her beret for the life of a social worker. She obtained her Social Work degree at Colorado State and continued on for her Masters in Social Work at Boston College, focused on nonprofit management and older adults. Lisa has spent her career focused on housing issues and older adults while always keeping veterans issues close to her heart. Before moving into her Partnerships Manager role at Silvernest, she served in the Boston Mayors Housing Innovation Lab where she helped pilot and implement new solutions to the housing crisis in Boston. She continues to work and serve veterans during her free time through programs such as Team Rubicon, Service to School and Veteran Legal Services.
House sharing with Silvernest
You can learn more about renting out your spare room at Silvernest.com – Silvernest is a complete home sharing solution. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, our unique roommate matching system, background checks, secure in-website chat and more, listing your room is easy, so you can focus on choosing the housemate that’s right for you!