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Chamber of Commerce launches new matchmaking service for shared housing

This month, the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce launched Homeshare Nantucket, a new service designed to help Nantucket businesses address the significant challenge of securing safe, affordable housing for their workers. Homeshare Nantucket facilitates the connection between employers whose year-round employees need housing, and property owners with unused living space (a spare room, an apartment, cottage, or even an entire house). The Homeshare concept grew from an idea proposed by the Nantucket Civic League, with the goal of increasing the amount of stable, year-round housing available to individuals who serve the community.

How it works

A property owner initiates contact with Homeshare Nantucket, who connects the owner with one or more employers who have already registered with Homeshare Nantucket. The homeowner and employer speak confidentially about a potential tenant. The homeowner does not speak directly with any prospective tenants until they are ready to take the next steps. The homeowner decides whether to continue the conversation or terminate it at any stage.

Homeshare Nantucket only registers employers who have certified that their employees have passed a pre-employment drug screen, have had a criminal record check (CORI) performed and have presented three professional references when they applied for employment. Early participants in the program include the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Town of Nantucket. Homeshare Nantucket does not screen prospective tenants nor does it inspect premises available for rent. Those in need of housing should speak with your employer to determine if you’re eligible to participate in Homeshare.

Implementing a multifaceted approach is necessary to solve the island’s housing crisis. Kudos to the Chamber of Commerce and Civic League for initiating this service, and the Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Community Health Initiative for funding it. Through collaboration, creativity, and leadership, we are making a difference for islanders, one household at a time.

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