Living with Other People
updated July 10, 2014

Shared living means you live with another person or people. You can live with others in many types of settings. You could rent an apartment or townhome with others and each of you could have a bedroom while sharing the living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Or, you could live in a more formal setting, like an Adult Foster Care (AFC) facility, where the housing includes services that everyone can benefit from.

Reasons to Live with Others

By living with others, you can save money on rent and other expenses, while also getting support that you might not otherwise have. Other benefits can include:

  • Having company and community
  • Sharing responsibilities and chores for keeping up the place
  • Sharing services you may need, such as cleaning or cooking
  • Living with others who deal with similar situations or who share your goals. For example, people with addictions may choose to live together to support each other
  • Having a place to stay with others until you get organized enough to have your own place

Reasons You Might Not Want to Live with Others

While shared living works well for some people, it is not for everyone. Here are some things to think about before moving into a shared living situation:

  • Living with others requires sharing your living space and some possessions.
  • Different people have different values and lifestyles that can lead to conflict.
  • You may prefer being alone and need your own space.
  • Depending on your setting, there can be disagreements about money.

How You Pay

How much you have to pay and what benefits you can get when you live with others depends on what type of housing you are in and other details of your situation. Read the other articles on Housing Benefits 101 about different housing settings to see which makes sense for you.

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