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Shared Housing

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For over 30 years, EMO’s Shared Housing successfully provided a matching and referral service that brought together those who needed affordable housing with people who had homes and wanted help with rent, household chores or personal care. This exchange benefited home-seekers as well as many elderly, disabled and low-to-moderate income homeowners who could not have otherwise remained in their homes. 

The Shared Housing program was discontinued in 2013 due to City of Portland budget cuts. But we are excited to announce the creation of a new 2.0 version of shared housing, Metro HomeShare, to replicate our previous, widely popular program.

The new Metro HomeShare will be an enhanced version of Shared Housing, incorporating lessons learned from the past, new best practices developed in our Second Home program (matching unaccompanied, homeless high school students with volunteer home providers), and other strategies and technical resources being implemented across the nation. Our goal is to provide assistance to 500 home providers and home seekers per year.

Currently, our focus is on building a substantial base of home providers and training staff (see below to meet our new program manager). We anticipate opening an office in east Portland this summer and to begin serving home providers and home seekers in the fall (beginning Oct. 2). Please check back for updates in the coming months.

Until the program is up and running, feel free to use the resources below to help individuals facilitate home-share arrangements. You may also download a Metro HomeShare information sheet for more details about the program, or call the EMO office at (503) 221-1054.

Why home share?
• Reduce housing costs
• Get help with chores
• Share in household responsibilities
• Enjoy living with other people or do not want to live alone
• Feel safer with someone else in the house
• Support community members


Helpful Documents (download PDF files)
Suggested Questions and Considerations for Home-Sharing
House Rules
Home-Share Rental Agreement
Tenant Readiness Checklist
What is a room or service exchange worth?

Affordable Housing
Housing Connections,
Affordable housing search Website with information on apartments that are available now and in the future. You can find out which buildings have open waiting lists and income-based rents.

Legal Assistance
Community Alliance of Tenants: Provides education and advocacy for tenants. Tenants rights hotline, (503) 288-0130,
Legal Aid (Portland):, (503) 224-4086.
Oregon State Bar, Information on landlord and tenant rights /responsibilities.

Washington Legal Assistance
CLEAR Legal Help-line: 1-888-201-1014
Landlord/Tenant law brochure,

Furniture/Household Goods
Community Warehouse (Portland and Tigard): The Community Warehouse is like a thrift-store where you can furnish an apartment or room from donated items for a small, flat fee. You must be referred by a case manager from a local agency; some agencies who handle referrals include Transition Projects and Salvation Army shelters.
LoveINC: Washington County, (503) 336-5946; Clackamas, (503) 650-0153.

Mediation Resources
Resolutions Northwest (Portland): (503) 595-4890,
Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center: From Portland city limits to 185th in Beaverton, (503) 526-2523,
Volunteers for the Hillsboro Police Department (Washington County): (503) 615-6797.
Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center: (503) 655-8850,
Community Mediation Services (Clark County): (360) 334-5862,

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