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

U.S Air Force veteran and HomeShare Sarasota participant Deborah Graves.

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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