More Than Just a Room
Who We Are
Barrie HomeShare is a Shift Government Project partnership between Georgian College’s Center for Changemaking and Social Innovation, Barrie’s Office of the Mayor, the City of Toronto and the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). The project matches post-secondary students with older adults aged 55+ who have a spare room in their home. In exchange for reduced rent the student provides several hours per week of companionship and assistance with household tasks such as walking the dog, help in the garden, snow shoveling, etc.
Safety And Support
Barrie HomeShare is entirely facilitated by a team of dedicated Social Workers who will prioritize your safety and security by completing Vulnerable Sector Screenings on all participants, reference checks and safety checks on all homes. We will provide ongoing support in the form of regular follow-ups, mediation, and conflict resolution services. We are here to support you through every step to ensure a safe and happy HomeShare experience.
Join Barrie HomeShare
Applying to HomeShare
To start your HomeSharing journey today, please complete an online Matching Form. Our team of Social Workers will carefully match participants based on a variety of preferences and attributes.
Home Provider Application
If you are over the age of 55, have an empty room in your home, and would like companionship or help around the house from a student then HomeShare is for you! Please click on the application button below to be considered for our program!
Everything changed for me when I moved here. I don’t have family in Toronto and I used to have more free time. Now my life is very structured and busy. If I’ve had a hard day and I’m feeling low, there’s lots of love in the air. There was one day in early December when I was in tears and everyone here hugged me.
News & Views
Your Barrie HomeShare Resource Center
Pilot project aims to create affordable living for college students
A new initiative between Georgian College and the City of Barrie addresses the ongoing challenge of affordable student residency.