CBU, Town House partner to pair students looking for rentals with seniors

Cape Breton University’s social work department has partnered with a community group called Town House to pair seniors with students who are looking for a place to live. Students in the program will pay for accommodations and also help their host with housework. CBU’s social work department will study the program’s impact on its participants, including how home sharing affects seniors’ feelings of isolation, depression and/or anxiety, and financial stability. The department will also assess how students feel about participating in the program, including their perspective on their responsibilities with the housework. CBU aims to match 12 seniors with 12 students and intends to start the program this spring.