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Our Screening & Matching Process

While people can find someone on their own, HomeShare Vermont has developed a comprehensive and client-driven process over the past 35+ years to make the best in-home matches possible. Each match is unique based upon the interests, 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 is with you every step of the way.

How it Works


We can mail you one or you can apply online.


Background checks and references

We conduct five different background checks and up to four reference checks on all applicants.

background checks


This gives us a chance for us to learn more about your specific interests and lifestyle, and 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 can participate in the interview if you would like.

background checks

Match search

We start to look for good potential matches. When we have participants we think might be a fit, we call and tell you about each other. If you would like to meet, we arrange an introduction.  


Trial match

Once two participants agree to consider a match, there is a two-week trial period to see if you are compatible. During this time, either person can decide to end the match. The homesharer must keep their current housing to have a place to go back to in case it doesn’t work out. They also don’t bring all their things, just a suitcase.

trial match

Match agreement

If both parties agree we help them both  draft an agreement outlining mutual expectations and notice periods expected for the end of the match.

Match agreement

Continuing contact

HomeShare Vermont staff stays in regular contact with participants throughout the life of the match and is available if needs change or issues arise.

trial match


There is no fee to apply. If we are successful in finding you a match, we charge both parties a one-time match fee. Our fees range from $60 to $500 depending on your income. See the fee scale below. As a private, non-profit organization our fees are an important source of income for our program. No one is denied services because they cannot afford our fees. Fees can be reduced or waived in cases of hardship.

Match Fee SCALE

Payable at the time the match agreement is signed. 

The match fee only applies to participants for whom we are successful in finding a compatible match, and is due when the match agreement is signed. The match fee is based on a sliding scale according to gross annual income. We will provide you a bill when your match fee is due.

If your income is: 

Less than $15,000
$15,000 – $25,000
$26,000 – $40,000
$41,000 – $55,000
$56,000 – $75,000

Your match fee will be:


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. If fees are a hardship, payment plans can be arranged. Please contact a HomeShare staff person to discuss this.

Where We Serve

HomeShare Vermont serves the counties of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle in northwestern Vermont.

A separate program, Home Share Now, serves central Vermont, including the counties of Washington, Lamoille, Orange and a dozen adjoining towns. Visit Home Share Now.

For people with a home to share outside of these two service areas or for people who want to find a homesharer on their own, we have developed a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) guide to walk you through how to make a homesharing match on your own. Download the PDF.


HomeShare Vermont Non-Discrimination Policy

HomeShare Vermont serves people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, presence of minor children, receipt of public assistance or gender identity. HomeShare Vermont is fully accessible to people with disabilities.

As part of the homesharing application process, all applicants agree to abide by a policy of non-discrimination and be willing to meet people who are different than themselves.