Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)
Many of us appreciate having our own space while also enjoying some companionship. Sharing a home or property with non-relatives can provide an appropriate arrangement . . . with the right mix of privacy and friendship for each individual.
Today, the concept of “sharing a home” can range from anything as close as housemates in a city apartment to independent residences on a single property — also known as Accessory Dwelling Units (mother-in-law suites, garden cottages, and more). Other options include home-sharing between seniors and young adults, and yet another is living in a home-like setting with a small group of people.
Things to consider include cost savings, the benefits or challenges of living with or near others, assigning responsibilities, schedules, and how much companionship each individual needs.
The first resource below, “Should You Share a Home or Property?” provides a detailed checklist of considerations. The remaining resources present specific listings of home-share opportunities and information on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).
For help thinking through these ideas, please call Caring for Christian Scientists at 800.930.3797.