Shared Living

What this page says

  • If you are eligible for CLBC services, shared living is one of the residential options you could access.
  • In this residential option, you share a home with a person who is contracted to provide you with support.
  • Sometimes you live with one person. Other times you might live with a couple or a family.
  • Shared living has many benefits and can positively impact your quality of life.
  • CLBC regularly checks to ensure the supports continue to meet your needs and to make sure the homes in which you live is safe and comfortable.
  • You can talk to a CLBC facilitator about this support and other residential options.

Shared living is a residential option in which you share a home with someone who is contracted to provide you with ongoing residential support. In some shared living situations, you live with one person. In other cases, you live with a couple or a family. They are the shared living provider.

There are two types of shared living support:

  • Home Sharing: This is the most common type of shared living and involves you living in the shared living provider’s home
  • Live-in support: In this type of shared living support, you receive support in your own home.

If you are eligible for CLBC supports, or are interested in reviewing or changing the supports you currently access, a CLBC facilitator can talk to you about shared living options. You have the opportunity to choose the type of arrangement that works best for you.

Shared living has been around for many years and is the most commonly requested residential option that CLBC offers. Over 4,000 people currently live in CLBC-funded shared living arrangements.

Although CLBC continues to directly manage a small number of shared living contracts, this service is typically provided by service provider agencies. These agencies have qualified by showing they are prepared to provide this support in a way that is high quality and responsive to individuals and the network of shared living providers with whom they contract.

Shared living might be the only CLBC-funded service you receive or it could be one part of your plan. The kind and amount of support you receive is based on the need for help in specific areas. Visit the Understand CLBC Funding Decisions page for more details.

The benefits of shared living

Ed and Cynthia with Chris

Ed and Cynthia (left), feel they are the lucky ones to have Chris join their family through shared living. Read their story.

There are many benefits to shared living that can enhance your quality of life:

  • Relationships with shared living providers are often close and last many years
  • You can have your own personal space and routine
  • It provides a balance of connection and independence
  • You can invite friends and family to visit. You also help make decisions that are important to you and those with whom you live
  • CLBC regularly checks in with those who deliver this support (either the agency that oversees the service or the shared living providers that are under direct contract with CLBC) to make sure things are going well

How can CLBC help connect me with shared living support?

If you are eligible for CLBC services, a facilitator can talk with you about your options. They can help you develop and initiate a plan to connect with services that are funded by CLBC and other resources in your community.

CLBC works with service providers across B.C. that are qualified to deliver shared living services. If you are interested in this service, a CLBC facilitator can provide you and your family with information about this residential option and can introduce you to service provides that could offer the kind of support you want and need at this point in your life.

Once you are connected with an agency, they work with you to find a shared living provider and specific living arrangement that meets your current needs and preferences.

How does CLBC make sure that shared living is safe?

CLBC and the agencies that contract with shared living providers ensure that all shared living providers have the skills and experience that are required to deliver this kind of support.

They conduct background checks and comprehensive home studies prior to contracting with any shared living provider.

Service provider staff, and in some cases CLBC staff, will visit your home at least once each year to make sure everything is working well. This is called monitoring. You and your family can also reach out at anytime to the shared living provider, the agency that is delivering the service, or CLBC if you want to discuss concerns or opportunities.

Talk to a facilitator about shared living

To talk with a CLBC facilitator about shared living, please contact your local CLBC office. A CLBC facilitator can answer any questions you have about this residential option.

Visit the Local Offices page to find your local office contact information.

Learn more

Interested in becoming a Home Sharing provider?

To learn more about the process of becoming a home sharing provider, please see the Home Sharing Providers page.