Are you interested in becoming a Friendly Housemate?

We are looking for volunteers to take part in the Friendly Housemates research study offered by Community Living Toronto and Centennial College to explore the experience of sharing housing. You would be asked to:

  • Complete an application package including an application form, a vulnerable sector police check, a personal statement for participation, an updated resume and two character references;
  • Be registered full time in a post-secondary program and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent;
  • Live full time with your housemate(s) who have an intellectual disability and provide 8-10 hours/week for relationship-building;
  • Participate in three recorded interviews to share your thoughts and experiences.

Your participation would involve sharing housing for a minimum of one term with the possibility of extension.
In recognition for your time, you will receive:

  • A bursary not exceeding $1,000 over a maximum of three semesters;
  • Living expenses including rent, utilities and internet provided by the individual’s family.

Other benefits:

  • Full orientation, training and ongoing support;
  • Guaranteed summer employment opportunities with Community Living Toronto;
  • Valuable lived experience in the developmental services field.

Unsure if Friendly Housemates is right for you? Check all that apply:

  • Are you willing to try something new and live with a stranger?
  • Are you open to working with Community Living Toronto?
  • Do you have good interpersonal skills?
  • Are you able to manage your time effectively?
  • Are you open to possibly moving to a new area of the city?
  • Can you attend regular “coaching” meetings with staff?
  • Can you maintain a GPA of 3.0 (~B average).
  • Are you interested in taking part in a research project and ongoing interview process?
  • Are you open to recognizing your role as a friend rather than a staff?

If most or all of these apply to you, Friendly Housemates could be a great opportunity for you! If you’d like to know more about the project, request an electronic application package or to volunteer for this study, please contact us.