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Mohawk College, SpacesShared partner to offer homesharing options for students with older adults


Mohawk College today announced a new partnership with SpacesShared, an innovative online homesharing platform. 

SpacesShared uses an online platform and a team of people to match students who are looking for safe and affordable homesharing with older adult hosts. This service will be available to Mohawk College students starting in May. 

“This new partnership with SpacesShared offers Mohawk College students with another reliable housing choice as they pursue their education,” said Katie Burrows, Mohawk College Vice President, Students & International. “We are glad to work with SpacesShared and community members to support a positive college experience that bridges generations for our students and their hosts.” 

“At SpacesShared, our mission is to ensure students find a safe, affordable place to live, while also making aging in place a comfortable reality for older adults,” said Rylan Kinnon, CEO of SpacesShared. “Our seamless matching platform has already inspired many success stories, proving its value in alleviating social isolation and supporting both students and hosts.” 

SpacesShared provides affordable and safe homesharing services in communities across the country: as standard practice, SpacesShared verifies the identity of each host, the home address, and confirms that the host actually lives in the home. The SpacesShared team conducts a criminal background check on each host before the homesharing agreement can be finalized. 

Through this platform, older adults who have spare room can receive some extra income while giving back to the community. At the same time, homesharing can help students develop additional life skills that will set them up for success now, and in the future.  

Become a host

“We know that opening your home up to a stranger can be hard – but if we’ve done our job right, your guests won’t feel like strangers for long. We created SpacesShared so you can make a connection for life, and we will help with that," said Kinnon. "I encourage older adults considering homesharing to explore how SpacesShared can seamlessly fit into their lives. If you’re interested in homesharing, curious, or think it could be good for you, try it for a month. Try it for a semester. You might really enjoy it." 

Mohawk College and SpacesShared invite people who are interested in becoming hosts or seeking more information to visit www.spacesshared.ca.

For more information about off-campus housing resources and supports at Mohawk College, visit the Off-Campus Housing page on our website.

About SpacesShared 

SpacesShared is a homesharing technology platform that empowers two key groups to meet each other: older adults and students. Launched in 2023, SpacesShared is responding to the Canadian housing crisis with a solution that prioritizes connection, comfort, and community. Students looking for a safe, affordable place to stay can now quickly and affordably connect with older adult hosts who would like some extra income, help around the house, and an opportunity to give back. The platform is entirely self-contained from application, to agreement, rent and relationship management on its website. It’s a new way to honour an old tradition: opening homes to people and experiences that enrich lives and communities. 

For more information about homesharing through SpacesShared, or to register for a free account as a host or a student, visit spacesshared.ca.