...landlords and tenants [find] each other through the Home Sharing Program sponsored by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens.
In the last two years, the number of participants in the free program has doubled as the demand for affordable housing around the city has increased.
For those who need help paying bills, the program also is a solution.
Program matches seniors with tenants
"I have a mortgage to pay, and there are people who need a place to stay," said Marie Vieux, a retired nurse in Kingsbridge, the Bronx. "This program really helps me financially."
Home Sharing, which dates to 1981, was set up to help people 60 and older remain in their homes or apartments, said foundation president Linda Hoffman.
Queens has the largest number of participants, with 22, followed by Brooklyn, 14, the Bronx, 9, Manhattan, 8, and Staten Island, 2.
Applicants go through a rigorous process that includes interviews, a home visit and references.
A match isn't made until the tenant, or guest, and the homeowner, or host, have met and agreed to share a living space.
Isn't this preferable to destroying neighborhoods and segregating the elderly by building 'senior housing' - another favorite tweeder phrase and tactic?