Freda Schaeffer, left, and Tom Logan have shared a three-bedroom house in Brooklyn for a year. “Freda and I are family now,” Mr. Logan said. “We need each other.” Credit Credit Jackie Molloy for The New York Times
By Paula Span
Published in the New York Times, Sept. 27, 2019; Updated Oct. 1, 2019
After her husband died, Freda Schaeffer was left on her own in a three-bedroom house in Brooklyn. “I was lonely,” she confessed. And she worried about finances, because “there’s a lot of expenses in a house.”
Tom Logan, who had moved east from California, found that his disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t stretch very far in New York City. “I needed a place to stay, or I could be homeless,” he said. Enter the matchmaker, a home-sharing program operated by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens. It pairs people who have extra living space — but want company, help with chores, extra income or all three — with those desperate for affordable housing.
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