June Event: Shared Living - What A Great Idea!

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

From Cohousing to Homesharing, Find Out What It's All About. Saturday June 15, 2019 9:30am to 12:30pm in Hamilton. Presented by CoHoHo-Hamilton ON and Shared Living Circle

From Cohousing to Home Sharing, What It’s All About

Join us and find out, hosted by CoHoHo-Hamilton ON, Shared Living Circle and The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

Saturday June 15th, 2019 9:30 am to 12:30 pm First Unitarian Church of Hamilton 170 Dundurn St. S. Hamilton L8P 4K3



Living with others offers a way to stay independent and offers an alternate way of living and aging creatively. Harvard has released a study outlining a multitude of mental, emotional and physical benefits to shared living that are helping people live longer and healthier lives. Benefits include eating better, getting out more, laughing more and generally sharing the loads that life can drop on us.

Think of those times when you’re having a great dinner with friends and someone says “Wouldn’t it be great if we could all get a big place to live and have this much fun all the time!”

With half a dozen speakers lined up we are going to cover the whys, wheres and hows. But to start here’s some definitions • Cohousing brings together a group of like-minded people, who purchase or build a project with individually owned units condo style with a large common kitchen and dining room. • Co-ownership would be 2, 3, 4 or more people buying a large home or a duplex or triplex. • Home sharing is a mutually beneficial arrangement where a homeowner, often a senior, rents to an individual who provides companionship, household assistance and/or financial benefit. • Coliving refers to any of the above where 2 individuals or more jointly rent or own a large home.

Right now, in Canada, there are 17 completed cohousing communities, 11 in BC, 2 in Ontario and several others scattered across the county. There are another 25 under construction, in development and forming Facebook.

A Golden Girls Act has been introduced to the Ontario Legislature to ensure that a group of people can legally live in a “single family” home even if they are not related. Homesharing can help solve the plight of seniors trying to maintain their homes but with shrinking pension plus provides affordable housing for someone else. Isolation is a huge health risk.

We are seeing more and more articles about the financial benefits of sharing in some way but all the other benefits are even more important. We don’t just want to save money and live longer. We want to have a lot more fun while we are at it.

Come join in the conversation.

Here’s a link to an article written by Sarah Ayerst of Hamilton Aging in Community after our first meeting The link to the Harvard Study

Contact Jocelyn Weatherbe 289-489-5758 or Tara McEwen 905-973-9854 for more information.

Hosted by the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

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