What is Shared Living?
Shared Living is a supported living arrangement where a person, couple, or family share their home and life experiences with an individual who has an intellectual or developmental disability.
Although many successful living arrangements are made between people who already know each other, if you own or rent a home, you may be eligible to become a Shared Living Provider.
Can I be a Shared Living Provider?
To be a Shared Living Provider you must be age 21 or older, have a valid driver’s license, and own or rent a home or apartment.
You must also pass a criminal background (BCI) check, reference checks, and a home inspection. Providers are required to attend a pre-service orientation and have proof of CPR and First Aid certification.
Perspectives requires a minimum of a one year commitment.
As a Shared Living Provider, you directly make a difference in a person’s life.
What Is a Shared Living Provider?
A Shared Living Provider is someone who welcomes a person with a disability to live in their home, enabling that person to become more independent in their everyday life.
They provide a safe and comfortable home environment and support the individual with tasks such as:
- Daily routines
- Maintaining optimal health
- Socializing and participating in the community
- Financial management
- Pursuing goals and making choices
Is my home right for Shared Living?
Your home must be clean, safe, in good repair and spacious enough to add another family member. It can be a single family, multi-family, condo or apartment home. A dedicated private space, typically a bedroom, is required for the person supported.
As long as your home meets environmental requirements, determined through a home assessment, and is deemed a good place for the person to live, you can either rent or own your home.
Benefits and Compensation
Shared Living Providers receive a tax-free stipend and tax-free room and board for the individual totaling between $17,520 and $33,379 per year. Actual compensation varies according to the individual needs of the person supported.
Providers are considered independent contractors. They are paid monthly by Perspectives but are not employees of Perspectives.
Shared Living enhances the lives of the supported individual and the Shared Living Provider.
How Do I Become a Shared Living Provider?
Potential Shared Living Providers must complete an application and go through a screening process including background and reference checks, interviews, and a home inspection.
Once a Provider has been approved we begin the matching process, followed by introductions and visitations. If it's a perfect match, Perspectives creates a contract between you and the individual.