Home Sharing

The Center of Concern’s Home Sharing program is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2022! It is one of the oldest Home Sharing programs in the U.S.!

The Center of Concern connects seniors and responsible adults who have a room in their home or condo to rent with individuals who seek affordable housing options. Through the Home Sharing program, Center of Concern staff matches individuals by application screening and personal interviews. Each setting is different and every “seeker” and “provider” has their own needs.

  • Reduce housing costs
  • Protect retirement savings
  • Finding companionship while maintaining an independent lifestyle
  • Additional funds to alleviate monthly mortgage/rent expenses
  • Below market rental rates
  • Remain in your home and community
The Center of Concern receives inquiries from potential Providers and Seekers via the link below. A full application will then be sent via email (or mailed if necessary) to be completed. Applications are carefully reviewed and a call or e-mail may be sent to clarify or complete missing information. Once all forms are complete, the matching process will begin. Please be aware that this is not an emergency shelter program nor is it a caregiving arrangement. There are no time frames for matching Providers and Seekers, nor is there any guarantee that you will be matched.
  • Complete application
  • Provide valid state-issued photo ID/DL
  • Provide proof of verifiable income
  • Submit a non-liability waiver and criminal background check. (Criminal Background Check is completed before a contract is executed for both Seeker and Provider)
  • Submit four character references
  • Providers must be willing to comply with a mandatory home assessment prior to being matched.

Is Home Share safe?

Home Share provides an added layer of security as both seekers and providers must pass a criminal background check in addition to having a character reference check.

I currently live out of state but I’m looking to move back to Illinois, can I apply?

No, unfortunately, we are unable to accept out-of-state applicants. You must be living in Cook County at the time of your application.

How long does it take to be matched?

Once an application is complete, a home share seeker is placed on a waiting list for available opportunities. There is no set timeframe as each setting is different and each person has their own unique needs.

Is home share still operating during COVID-19?

Yes, applications are available online and we encourage both parties to conduct telephone interviews and wear protective equipment when meeting in person.

Can I view available rooms before completing an application?

No, a completed application is needed before we can share any details of available opportunities.

Does Home Share provide immediate housing?

No, as there is no timeframe of how soon a match can be made, we recommend seekers have suitable housing while they wait for their match.

How much does Home Share cost?

The Home Share program has a one-time sliding scale fee of up to $35 which covers the cost of the background check.

How much is the average rent being charged?

The average rent a seeker can expect to pay is between $500-600/month but varies with each provider.

Home Sharing Application Suggested Donation

The Home Sharing program operates on donations to cover background check fees. We suggest the following donations from applicants based on a sliding scale which is adjusted by income level based on the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Family Size Suggested
Donation:
$15
Suggested
Donation:
$20
Suggested
Donation:
$25
Suggested
Donation:
$30
Suggested
Donation:
$35
1 $0- $12,880 $12,881- $17,130 $17,131- $17,774 $17,775-$19,320 $19,321+
2 $0- $17,420 $17,421- $22,929 $22,930- $23,791 $23,792- $25,860 $25,861+
3 $0- $21,960 $21,961- $29,207 $29,208- $30,305 $30,306- $32,940 $32,941+

Our first priority is to serve and place clients from Maine Township, specifically incorporated Des Plaines, Niles, Park Ridge and portions of Morton Grove, Glenview, and Rosemont. We also serve residents of other North Suburban Cook County areas (this excludes the city of Chicago.) Unfortunately, we are unable to accept out-of-state applications at this time.

Use the buttons below to access the online Home Sharing forms.