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shared lives

A housing solution for our times

Sharing homes, creating friendships, changing lives.

Home share matches older people who need a little help to live independently at home (home provider) with a carefully selected, compatible companion who needs housing (home sharer). 


In return for low-cost accommodation, the home sharer provides 10 hours of support per week to the home provider.


A world built on care and compassion

Home share is a mutually beneficial arrangement that can enrich the lives of both the home provider and sharer. Based on the principles of kindness, connection and reciprocity, it is a way to widen horizons, meet new people and create intergenerational friendships.

An elderly Shared Lives home share provider

Providing a home

Learn how home share placements work for home providers

Sharing a home

Learn how home share placements work for home sharers

A young Shared Lives home sharer

Your questions, answered

Shared Lives is the first social enterprise in Australia to specialise in home share placements for the seniors. We understand this is a new venture for many people and have done our best to answer your common questions. From the safety of the program to the kinds of care that Shared Lives expects home sharers to provide; find the answers in our FAQS.

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At the heart of Shared Lives is a desire to make a difference and to support others to be that difference. We are a social enterprise that measures the positive impact that we have on society and communities—not profits to shareholders—so humanity and integrity are values we hold dear. 

Shared Lives operates in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. To learn more about Shared Lives' placements and care options; fill in the form below.

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