Companion Housing

Supporting older adults to live in their community of choice.

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Companion Housing Program

The companion housing program enables older Canadians to remain living independently at home as long as they wish. Participants are connected with other mature adults who have compatible lifestyles and interests to share a home and provide mutual support for one another.  

Participation is available as a home provider (landlord/host) where you will rent spare rooms in your home to compatible people. Or, you can participate as a renter where you will pay a fair monthly rent to share a home with others.

How does it work?

Happipad has partnered with several senior-serving organizations across British Columbia and Alberta to realize this program. Each partner organization will provide hands-on support for participants in their community.

Participants will complete a workshop and onboarding session to learn about effective ways to share a home with housing companions. Afterwards, participants will interview one-another and choose one or more housing companions they would like to live with. Support will be provided to organize the shared living arrangements, including setting household rules and expectations. There will be regular check-ins to help maintain happy and cooperative home environments.

This program is not intended to replace home care or assisted living. All participants must be able to support their daily activities without reliance on others.

Limited spots are available for the 2021 intake, beginning in May.

Home providers (hosts)

Older adults living in their own homes who would like someone to live with them can register as a Host. Hosts are able to choose who they want to live with, the length of stay, and if they would like help with chores around the home or just social companionship. After registration, a home visit and interview will be conducted to begin the matching process.

Home providers will be paid a monthly rate for every room they provide to a housing companion. If extra support is provided, this will be deducted from the monthly rate.

Landlords

Property owners who have 3+ bedroom homes available for rent are encouraged to register. Rent will be paid automatically every month and you will not be responsible for relations between housing companions. 

Renters (guests)

This program is open to all mature and responsible adults who could benefit from a companion housing arrangement. Guests will pay a fair monthly rent with an option for reduced rent in exchange for providing extra help around the home, such as cooking and cleaning. Guests will sign an agreement to move into a home for a pre-determined length of time with an option to extend the stay.

Why Companion Housing?

Senior man plant a tree at home

85% of seniors want to age in place

According to the National Seniors Council, 85% of Canadian seniors report they want to age in place. Companion housing supports this by allowing seniors to retain their independence and freedom to live an active and healthy life. From choosing your own activities and social outings to sharing dinners and traveling. Live in your neighbourhood and community of choice with a circle of support and friendship around you.

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Interested in participating?

Would you like to participate in the program, or do you have a property you would like to rent? Complete our program interest form and we will get in touch with you.