Council is looking at the feasibility of a program along the lines of Homeshare London and Homeshare Australia whereby younger people, known as "homesharers" live with older people and in exchange for 10 hours of support per week (helping with chores and shopping) they live rent free.
The Homeshare program could:
1. Help Seniors stay in their homes longer;
2. Provide seniors with assistance to do daily and weekly chores;
3. Provide cheap accommodation for tertiary students / other single people needing a place to live.
Port Macquarie-Hastings has one of the highest ageing populations in Australia with 32% of our residents over 60 years compared with 20% in NSW. 28% of households in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area contain only one person.
We are also experiencing an increasing student population with the development of Charles Sturt University, University of Newcastle and University of NSW in the area.
Charles Sturt University is building a campus this year for 600 students in the first stage and up to 5000 on completion. There will be a need to absorb the additional students within the community.
If you would like more information about the Homeshare program idea please contact Council.
This page was last updated on: 28 November 2016