• HomeShare Vermont’s skilled team members will meet with you to learn more about what you want and how HomeShare can help.

How We Do It

Our Screening & Matching Process

Once you decide to explore homesharing options, you may find an outside perspective can really help. With thirty-five years of experience, HomeShare Vermont has developed a comprehensive and client driven process to make the best in-home matches possible. Each match is unique based upon the needs and wants of the individuals involved. It is up to people in the program to decide who they want to live with. HomeShare staff are with you every step of the way.

Whether you are looking for a housemate or a place to live our process is the same.

How it Works

  1. Application. Fill out a simple application to let HomeShare Vermont know some basic starting information. You can find it here. Our application can be filled out online, you can download and print it, or ask us to mail you a copy.
  2. Interview. As soon as we receive your application, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview at a time of your convenience. It’s an opportunity for us to learn more about your specific needs and for you to ask us questions. This is also a chance for us to visit with you in your home if you are seeking someone to move in with you. Family members are always welcome to participate in the interview.
  3. Background checks and references. We conduct five different background checks (including a national criminal check) before adding anyone to our pool of participants. No one is accepted into the program if there is any evidence of a crime against a person or property, abuse or fraud. We reserve the right to disqualify applicants if they provide incomplete information.
  4. Match search. Once you are approved for our program, HomeShare Vermont staff starts to look for good potential matches. When we have participants we think might be a fit, we call and tell them about each other. If they would like to meet, we arrange an introduction with staff present. Very often several introductions might occur before the right person is found.
  5. Trial Match. Once two participants agree to consider a match there is a two week trial period. During this time either person can end the match at a moment’s notice. The person moving into someone’s home is there as a guest during the trial. They keep their current housing assuring they have a place to go back to in case it doesn’t work out. They won’t bring all their things at first, just a suitcase with what they need for the first two weeks.
  6. Match Agreement. If the Trial Match succeeds, HomeShare Vermont works with both parties to draft an agreement outlining the participants’ mutual expectations and both parties sign it. The Match Agreement will outline how the match will end and what type of notice will be expected.
  7. Continuing Contact. HomeShare Vermont staff stays in regular contact with participants and is available if needs change or issues arise.


As a private, non-profit organization which relies heavily on charitable gifts, our fees are an important source of income for our program. We believe that people who benefit from our services should help pay for them.

If we are successful in finding you a match, we charge a Match Fee. This is based on a sliding scale, depending on your income.

If your Income is: Your Match Fee will be:
Less than $15,000 $60
$15,000-$25,000 $95
$26,000-$40,000 $175
$41,000-$55,000 $250
$56,000-$75,000 $400
More than $75,000+ $500

All fees are non-refundable. If your match should end unexpectedly within the first three months, your paid match fee will be credited in full toward your next match.

No one is denied services because they cannot afford our fees. Fees can be reduced or waived in cases of hardship. If fees are an obstacle for you please let HomeShare know.


Everyone who participates in our programs and services must agree to abide by our policy of non-discrimination. We serve people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, the presence of minor children, receipt of public assistance or gender identity. We require that you must be willing to meet people who are different than you, but it is your decision regarding who you want to live with.

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