Housing in Revelstoke – Home Sharing for Seniors
Happipad teams up with two Revelstoke community organizations to create the city’s first large-scale home-sharing program to help seniors share their homes compatible renters.
About a quarter of seniors aged 65 or over are living alone, but a new partnership between an Okanagan-based startup company and two Revelstoke community organizations is looking to change that.
Happipad is pleased to announce an official partnership with Revelstoke Senior Citizens’ Association and Revelstoke Community Resources Network to provide home-sharing solutions to seniors in Revelstoke. Home-sharing is a living arrangement in which two or more unrelated people live together in a shared dwelling. Started in 2019, Happipad has created Canada’s first and largest home-sharing service that’s helping people share rooms in their home with others.
Through this partnership, seniors in Revelstoke will be able to share their home using Happipad’s technology platform with additional support from the Revelstoke Senior Citizens’ Association and Revelstoke Community Resources Network. This extra support can include assistance with technology use and regular check ins with the senior. The goal of the partnership is to make it safe and easy for seniors to rent their rooms out and enjoy extra income and companionship. The program also seeks to increase the availability of affordable housing options.
To learn more about this home-sharing program, Happipad will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, February 19 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm in the MacPherson Room at the Revelstoke Community Centre.
This project is funded by the Columbia Basin Trust Social Grant under the project “Inter-Generational Home Sharing Program”.
Amanda Aube, Community Associate