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Supervisor Sarah Nahman, seated center, is pictured with staff of the adoption office of Wayne Children & Youth Services on November 2, after the county commissioners, standing Wendell Kay, left, Brian Smith and Joseph Adams, proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month. Nahman’s office finds permanent homes for children of parents who are unable or unwilling to raise them, who have been fostered by the court system. Seven children in Wayne are currently awaiting permanent adoption.

PA shared housing program begins in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County has joined with Pike and Monroe counties to offer a program to assist both senior homeowners and lower-income singles seeking affordable housing.

On November 2, Monroe-Pike-Wayne link coordinator Julianne Doyle introduced Ryan Lohman and Larisa Yusko as the coordinators of the Shared Housing and Resource Exchange (SHARE) program. SHARE is described as an affordable housing choice. It aims to brings homeowners who want to stay in their homes, may want some company and are willing share their homes, together with home seekers who are looking for housing in exchange for rent, help around the house or a combination of both.

Lohman, who works in Monroe, and Yusco, who is responsible for Pike and Wayne, collect candidate homeowners and renters, vet both, identify likely matches and make initial introductions.

If the chemistry right, they coordinate a written home-sharing agreement, provide trial living periods, provide support for the duration of the contract, and introduce both to other community services.

The homeowner gets additional income (rentals are capped at 30% of the tenant’s income), help around the house and a responsible tenant. The tenant gets affordable rent, a private bedroom and agreed-upon share spaces.

For seniors, Doyle said the program fills the gap before senior housing.

Yusco said some 50 interested people have already been enrolled and introductions will begin soon. Out-of-state persons are also eligible if they are willing to move to Pennsylvania.

For more information in Pike and Wayne, contact Yusco at 570/832-5133.


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