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Attendees pay a suggested for the in-person gatherings, which offer a place for people to meet without inviting strangers into their homes.
Online at letssharehousing.com, users can fill out a profile for free but pay a fee to initiate contact with a potential housing match.
The morning's facilitator, Michele Fiasca, founded Let's Share Housing in 2009.
She opens the meeting with the warm, calm voice of a counselor. For the past few years, Fiasca has hosted twice monthly meetups on the west and east sides of Portland for prospective housemates.
While it's expanded to include people of all ages, Let's Share Housing's clientele still skews older.
The women talked about their love for theater, the musical "Hamilton," and exchanged information. MORE INFO The next Let's Share Housing meetups are a.m. 9 at Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway and a.m.
Before the old program closed due to federal funding cuts in 2013, it made an average of 150 housing matches a year.
This version of what is now called Metro Home Share has a variety of local funders, including the Portland Housing Bureau and the Meyer Memorial Trust.
"Once they move in together, we offer case management support for the next two years in the form of mediation services if there are issues that come up," Burkey said.
If an eviction becomes necessary, "the home provider wouldn't have to deal with that on their own.