One solution for Sarasota’s senior affordable housing crisis? Home sharing

Deborah Graves felt confident and hopeful while driving to the matchmaking session on Siesta Key several years ago.  

A U.S. Air Force veteran and former corporate information technology specialist, her background was perfect for the HomeShare Sarasota program.

“I just wanted a temporary living situation until I could find something to buy,” said Graves, now 62.

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The home was large and clean, with a room and bathroom just for her. Just as important, the homeowner – a widow in her 80s looking for companionship – was kind and respectful, her terms flexible and the rent reasonable.

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