Guidelines for House-mate Splits and Matches

In order to streamline the process by which people meet and connect with potential house-mates, support brokers and residential support providers may utilize either of the following methods:

House-mate Splits

Defined as current house-mates

  1. who wish to find new house-mates, and
  2. in finding new house-mates, each person’s rate does not increase (is cost-neutral).
  1. When cost-neutral house-mate splits are initially being discussed, please notify Kurt Svensson and the assigned manager.
  2. When house-mates are splitting up, both people must have new house-mates before any moves occur (in order to avoid creating additional openings in the system.)
  3. In order to find new house-mates, support brokers and residential providers are encouraged to contact each other directly.
  4. Agencies have various protocols regarding how to meet and connect with potential house-mates. To maintain communication, support brokers will contact the agencies involved and keep the contact people informed of the process.
  5. Kurt Svensson will maintain a database, called the House-mate List, that has information about people who are looking for new house-mates (cost-neutral situations). He will email it to residential providers and support brokers once or twice per month.
  6. To place people on the House-mate List, open the database, click on the tab entitled A new person to database, fill in the empty cells, re-title it, save it, and e-mail it as an attachment to Kurt Svensson.
  7. People on this list must have residential funding or be prioritized for residential services (i.e., they cannot be on the residential services waiting list, unless they have been prioritized.)
  8. When people choose new house-mates from this list, please let Kurt know so he can update the list.

House-mate Matches

Defined as current house-mates

  1. who wish to find new house-mates, and
  2. in finding new house-mates, rates increase, or assistance with referrals is preferred.
  1. If the proposed split may cost more than the rate, it must be discussed and approved at an SDS meeting (1st and 3rd Friday mornings). Please contact Kurt Svensson to schedule: .
  2. Prior to attending the SDS meeting, support brokers should complete the Add new person to the database form. Send to Kurt Svensson and bring a copy to the meeting.
  3. Kurt will help make referrals regarding potential house-mates. If support brokers want to attend an Intake meeting (1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings) to discuss referrals, please contact Intake staff to schedule (242-6440).
  4. Kurt will email maintain and send out a House-mate List.
  5. Within two weeks, support brokers will need to let Kurt know the following:
    1. whether or not the house-mate match will be further explored,
    2. and if so, when the potential house-mates will initially meet each other.
  6. To maintain communication, support brokers will follow up with residential providers and keep the contact people informed of the process.
  7. Within four weeks, support brokers need to inform Kurt if the potential house-mate match will continue to be explored, or if new referrals are needed.
  8. If the house-mate match is still being explored, please notify Kurt when the two people decide to live together or not.

To add someone to the house-mate list, please open the House-mate List and look near the bottom of the page for a tab titled Add new person to database. Click on the tab, fill in the empty cells, re-title the document (Example: Bob B), save it, and then e-mail it as an attachment to Kurt at .