Innovative, Intergenerational Housing Pilot Project to Connect Older Adults and Post-Secondary Students in Peterborough
Collaboration between Trent Centre for Aging & Society and Canada HomeShare matches older adults and students to create age-friendly, affordable housing solutions
A new, collaborative pilot project to support aging in place, while simultaneously providing post-secondary students with safe and affordable housing, is being launched in partnership between Trent Centre for Aging & Society (TCAS) and Canada HomeShare.
“At TCAS, we are working on many diverse projects to connect older adults in our local Peterborough community with Trent University students in creative, mutually beneficial, and positive ways, and the homesharing model does just this,” says Dr. Elizabeth Russell, director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. “June is Seniors Month, and an ideal opportunity to launch a project that showcases our ongoing commitments to intergenerational connectivity.”
Canada HomeShare Peterborough is an intergenerational housing solution by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). Peterborough is one of 10 cities hosting a pilot to support aging in place for older adults while providing safe and affordable housing solutions for post-secondary students. In exchange for reduced rent of $400 - $600 per month, post-secondary students provide up to seven hours of support in the way of companionship, household tasks or errands for local older adults in their homes. These projects are being launched after the success of the Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project, following a social work facilitated model for housing led by Dr. Raza Mirza.
“Back in 2019, I was welcomed by TCAS’ Professor Elizabeth Russell to lead a session about Toronto HomeShare as part of their Housing Colloquium,” shares Dr. Mirza. “The conversations I had [surrounding] the session signalled to me three things: there was a great desire for those in Peterborough to age-in-place, […] there was great and local capital in the community for the program to be successfully implemented; and finally, that the novel model and the findings from the research we conducted as part of Toronto HomeShare resonated with the experiences of those living in Peterborough. It was the visionary leadership and initiative of Prof. Russell and TCAS that helped initiate the original conversations, and brought us to this point.”
Canada HomeShare is facilitated by a team of professional social workers who prioritize safety and security. All participants complete a vulnerable sector screening, and all homes undergo safety checks. Social workers provide ongoing support by conducting regular follow-ups and mediation. The social workers are there to support participants through every step to ensure a safe and happy HomeShare experience.
The Canada HomeShare Peterborough Advisory Committee includes representatives from Canada HomeShare, Trent Centre for Aging & Society, Trent Off-Campus Housing, Fleming College, Community Care Peterborough, the City of Peterborough, and Age-Friendly Peterborough.
Canada HomeShare Peterborough will begin matching students and older adults during the fall and winter of 2022. An information session will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Centre at Trent University (1680 West Bank Drive, Peterborough), where interested parties can learn more about the program and meet key members of the Canada HomeShare Peterborough program team. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information on the session.
Trent is a designated age-friendly university, and founding Canada HomeShare Peterborough is the most recent in a series of initiatives led by the Trent Centre for Aging & Society that connects students and older people through experiential intergenerational learning opportunities.
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One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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