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Become a Shared Living Provider

Also known as Host Homes, Family Home Agency or Life Sharing, this unique living arrangement is rewarding for all.

Shared Living Providers earn a living and change lives

At AbleLight, we believe every person deserves more than just a place to live. They deserve a home where they are loved, supported, and accepted. When you become a Shared Living Provider for AbleLight, you’ll earn a competitive wage while helping someone else live their best life. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Harvey and Cathy in a Colorado Host Home

Ready to open the door?

What is a Shared Living arrangement?

Shared Living (also called Host Home) programs are a housing option where people in the community open their doors to a person or people with developmental disabilities and offer them a safe, loving place to call home. And, as you’ll see, this kind of community-based service has a lot of benefits for all involved. And team AbleLight will be with you every step of the way, supporting you many different ways.

What exactly is a Shared Living Provider?

Shared Living Providers are independent contractors who receive a professional, tax-free income, all for doing meaningful work right at home. For many, being a Host Home Provider is an opportunity to make a difference in the community, but it’s also a chance to switch careers, be at home more, and spend more time with the family. The rewards are truly neverending.

An AbleLight Host Home Provider and a woman with a disability smiling together
Emma and her mother, Christina

Not just a house, but a home

For people with disabilities, living in a Host Home can open a world of possibilities.

  • Living in a family setting leads to increased community involvement 
  • Home providers are able to provide a more customized level of support to the person they serve
  • Living with long-term care providers allows the person supported and the providers to develop meaningful, lasting relationships

Thinking about being a Shared Living Provider?
Here’s why you should.

Woman with a younger woman with IDD holding a pink heart cutout

Make a real impact

Our Shared Living program is about more than just housing. And its rewards go far beyond the paycheck.

What is a host home arrangement?

Enjoy a rewarding career

For some of our providers, this is a full-time gig. It allows them to work from home, which gives them more time with their families.

Man with IDD in a wheelchair smiling with his mother

Support at every step

Being a Shared Living Provider means you’re part of our family too, and we’ll be with you to provide support and answer questions.

“You think I’m going to be blessing these people and turns out these people are blessing me. They touch your heart.”
Cheryl, Shared Living Provider in Kansas
“The pay is more than I expected. You can live comfortably doing this job.”
Dave, Shared Living Provider in Colorado
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Have Questions?
We Have Answers.

Shared Living (also called Host Home) Providers offer day-to-day support to a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The specific support depends on the needs expressed in an individualized care plan, but may include:

  • Providing daily care, such as assisting with meals, personal hygiene, shopping, transportation and more.
  • Offering companionship and opportunities for social interaction.
  • Facilitating participation in social and community activities.
  • Supporting routine medical care, such as medication and medical appointments. Complex health needs are managed by nursing support, so you do not need to be a medical professional to be a home provider.
  • Implementing the individual support plan and staying in contact with AbleLight so documentation can be updated regularly to show the support needs are being met.

Shared Living Providers earn a professional, income tax-free wage as an independent contractor for AbleLight. What each provider earns can vary based on the needs of the person being supported in their home, but the range falls between $1,150 and $6,500 per month per person supported. Providers also receive room and board compensation for providing shelter and meals in their homes.

The professional staff at AbleLight will help you every step of the way as a Shared Living Provider, serving as your on-call resource.

We provide:

  • Extensive training and ongoing support
  • Assistance with licensing application process
  • Careful matching of you as a caregiver to the person you support
  • Assigned program manager and nurse on-call support
  • Case management paperwork and administrative support
  • Regular updates on licensing requirements and changes
  • Assistance with arranging respite care when you choose to take time away from caregiving
  • Coordination of billing and payment

We provide shared living services in 4 states across the country.

California (Family Home Agency):

Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County, Solano County

Colorado (Host Homes):

Delta County, Eagle County, El Paso County, Fremont County, Garfield County, Lake County, Mesa County, Montrose County, Park County, Pueblo County, Summit County, Teller County

Kansas (Shared Living):

Anderson County, Coffey County, Douglas County, Franklin County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Leavenworth County, Linn County, Miami County, Osage County, Shawnee County, Wyandotte County

Minnesota (Life Sharing):

Anoka County, Carver County, Hennepin County

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“The Most Rewarding Job You Never Knew Existed”

Learn everything you need to know about becoming a Shared Living Provider in our free e-book.

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