Many retirees started sharing to have some additional income. For instance, there is a special education teacher who rents to medical students and saves the income to tide her over during the summer months. Or another who found herself deeply in debt and began renting a room in her condo as a way to climb out of that hole. There’s a librarian who wanted to not feel so stressed.

What is astonishing to realise is that if you have an additional five hundred dollars a month, that’s six thousand dollars a year. That’s not small change.

The money part is why many turn to shared housing. They stay for the companionship, the help, and the comfort. Sharing housing is just good common sense. We human beings have been banding together and helping each other out since the beginning of time.