Home sharing is delivered throughout the province by a network of home sharing providers that are under direct contract with CLBC and by those under contract with qualified community-based agencies. Agencies that offer home sharing as part of an array of residential options are responsible for:
- implementation of standards for home sharing
- monitoring individual and program outcomes
- operations and administration of services
- recruitment, retention, and support of the home sharing network
- crisis response
- complaint resolution
CLBC generally enters into new direct contracts with home sharing providers only if there are no qualified home sharing agencies in the community or if an individual / family specifically requests that CLBC oversee the service.
To offer shared living services, agencies must go through a formal qualification process. The list of qualified suppliers is regularly reviewed and revised. Go to the BC Bid website.
CLBC has a set of standards for home sharing to ensure that individuals who choose this option receive consistent and high quality support. As an agency that offers this service, you are expected to monitor each individual home sharing arrangement to ensure that contractors are meeting established standards.
- Standards for Home Sharing
- Monitoring Tool for Home Sharing
- Health and Safety Checklist for Home Sharing
Home sharing agencies have found the following resources to be useful:
Resource Guide for Service Providers
The Shared Living Resource Guide: A Toolkit of Ideas to Support Good Lives in Community is the result of a collaborative initiative between Community Living BC and the CEO Network of BC. The guide reflects three years of research, conversation, and collaboration between the many people involved with the delivery of shared living services within this province. The guide is an invaluable resource for agencies currently delivering shared living services and for those that are considering seeking to become qualified to deliver this service.