Per Thibaut Faussabry
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As the new school year approaches, here’s one way a young person can find accommodation in Essonne: intergenerational cohabitation. In Ris-Orangis (Essonne), Christiana Kubezyk, a future retiree, wants to welcome a young man to her home to share set of friendly moments.
A long career as a host family
“Intergenerational housing is a way of continuing to welcome young people. It is obvious to me when my activity will cease in December”, he stresses.
An adoptive family since 1998, Christiana welcomes around sixty children in the Children’s Social Assistance. While some stayed only a few weeks, others stayed for several years, up to 10 years for one of them.
An activity she has always carried out “with passion”, she says, but which she will have to “reluctantly” stop soon, because of her age, 70 years, a high trope according to the law, in order to get a new approval.
“Continue to make my house live”
Since the beginning of the year, the four teenagers she welcomed into her house on the banks of the Seine have gradually moved to other host families or shared accommodation.
“It’s very brutal, I’ve always welcomed people in difficulty into my house so I can help them. I always did it with my heart and a lot of involvement”, she confides, referring to the long hours of waiting in front of the city hall for the administrative procedures of its residents at the time when it was not dematerialized.
So that her house “continues to live”, the septuagerian has put several of her rooms for rent on Airbnb. A way to provide additional income but not regain some of the bond she used to have with her roommates.
A “matching” system like on dating sites
“As a hotel, it’s very impersonal,” he laments. I would like to be able to share meals, do activities.”
To find the shoe that best suited her, she turned to Colibree.fr, a start-up dedicated to short- or long-term intergenerational coexistence, between young people under 30 and seniors over 60.
“They have developed a correspondence system that should allow me to get in touch with a young person according to our common affinities. It’s innovative and reassuring,” says Christiana.
The income determined by an algorithm developed by the start-up
Once registered on the platform, young and old must fill out a questionnaire. If the young person must guarantee a minimum time of presence, he must also not do the work of a maid.
Although she has mostly welcomed boys into her home during her career as a family assistant, the future retiree hopes Colibree.fr will allow her to welcome a young woman. “We can talk about clothes, makeup, cooking, etc,” she imagines.
The rent that the future cohabitant will have to pay will not be determined by Christiana, but by the Colibree.fr algorithm that establishes it, on the one hand, according to the surface offered for rent and, on the other hand, depending on the service provided by the young person .
“Mix the useful with the pleasant”
Once the pair is formed and the contract is drawn up, the young person and the host pay 15 euros each. Then the student will pay a 20% commission each month when paying rent.
For hosts such as Christiana, the income generated is not taxable because it is established within the scope of social and intergenerational housing.
“It is the ideal solution to combine business with pleasure. I maintain a privileged social bond and I can continue to stay in this house and enjoy this environment that I don’t want to leave. I hope it works out,” he concludes.
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