Shared Inter-generational Housing

Inter-generational co-habitation: against loneliness


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Logement-Intergénération 19, villa Croix Nivert 75015 Paris
FR France


About the project Edit

Shared housing is not exclusively intended for young people. On the contrary, inter-generational co-habitation between students and much older people has advantages for both residents.

Inter-generational accommodation allows students to find a room at a home of a lonely senior, which may offered free of charge but in exchange for their presence or help with certain tasks. The idea was born in France following the publication of an article in “l’Express” that revealed that the elderly often experience difficulty finding housing as well as, loneliness.

The idea has been tested since the beginning of September in 2004 by the “PariSolidaire” association, which aims to address the shortage of university housing.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Inter-generational co-habitation is a unique way of addressing the social problems related to the loneliness experienced by the elderly while fighting against the shortage of university housing. This co-habitation solution can be extended to any other group of people who are living alone and are open to living with an elderly person for example, single women, bachelors, long-term stays for people who are temporarily displaced due to work, etc.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Inter-generational co-habitation is an interesting way of addressing the difficulty of finding housing for students, especially in larger cities. At the start of the academic year, they are many who are still looking for housing that is, neither too small, unfit for habitation nor too expensive. For the elderly, having a tenant living with them at home provides company and reassurance. In addition, this approach strengthens social cohesion and solidarity between generations.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Inter-generational co-habitation is a concept that has been developing over time.
In 2006, 17 associations in France organized inter-generational housing and 186 have already found someone to live with. For example, the Centre Communal d’Action Sociale de la Ville de Lyon and C.R.O.U.S. de Lyon, offer housing at reduced prices at senior homes in Lyon. The students selected are those that are majoring in social studies or in paramedics. Specialized sites that link students with the elderly would significantly expand this project. Feel free to indicate these sites to Imagination for People!

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The founders of this project are convinced of the importance of maintaining intergenerational connections. That is why “Shared Inter-generational Housing” wishes to collaborate with young people who are distanced from their family in their pursuit of higher education and hosts who want to keep their homes but have extra space following the departure of their children.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

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