For over 16 years, home-sharing services have been provided to Vermonters by two small and independent nonprofit organizations, working to improve the lives of thousands of Vermonters: Home Share Now (covering Washington, Lamoille and Orange counties) and HomeShare Vermont (covering Chittenden, Addison, Grand Isle and Franklin counties).

Over the past few months, the two programs have been talking about how to deliver strong, sustainable home-sharing services to Vermonters efficiently and cost-effectively. They’ve decided to merge Nov. 1 under the name HomeShare Vermont, covering the seven counties the two organizations had served, with a new office at 149 State St. in Montpelier.

The agency’s toll-free phone number is 877-348-1496.

To assure continuity of services, Aaron Guman of Home Share Now will join HomeShare Vermont’s Montpelier staff and will continue to serve home-sharing participants in central Vermont.

HomeShare Vermont, founded in 1982, is a nonprofit that works to match people who are looking for housing with people who have homes to share —elders, people with disabilities or others who need a little help around the house, companionship or simply shared expenses.

HomeShare hosts are matched with people looking for a place to live who are willing to provide a little help in exchange for a below-market rent.

That help can be mowing the lawn, preparing a meal, walking the dog or just hanging out together.

Information: homesharevermont.org.

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