Our Origin Story

Home Share for Her was nurtured into being by women who understand how important it is to have a safe, secure home and feel connected. In 2022 Community Action Nelson (CAN) ran a ‘What is a Home exhibition’, a series of workshops and talks that aimed to tackle the housing crisis in Nelson Tasman. During this series it became very evident to three women that the greater proportion of those struggling to find suitable and affordable accommodation were women and that half of those living alone were older women, some struggling to maintain a larger home, some needing help in the home and some experiencing financial hardship and loneliness. With the lack of smaller homes and more cost-effective options, the women put their ideas, shared experiences and resources together and in 2022, with the support of Community Action Nelson and Nelson’s Women Centre, Home Share for Her Trust was born. The idea behind the trust is to provide a safe place for women to connect with each other to find and share homes and make social connections. The website portal – www.homeshareforher.nz -gives women the tools to talk to each other, make connections and offer each other affordable home sharing solutions. These are women who can work together to actively grow strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with secure foundations. Our trustees and founders are very excited about the growth of the Trust and are hopeful of the concept growing into other regions of Aotearoa New Zealand.