Common Misconceptions About Starting A Group Home

The term “group home” has had a bad rap for a long time, despite there being a rapidly growing demand for such homes in this country. Housing insecurity is on the rise, and more Americans are finding themselves in need of transitional housing. Here we address the leading misconceptions about group homes.

The Shared Housing Academy seeks to enlighten the public about the truth of owning and operating a group home.

Owners can avoid many misconceptions and bad press surrounding group homes by securing quality investors.

Passion draws many people to the opportunity.

The primary qualification for owning a Shared Home is a genuine desire to help others in need.

  • You don’t need a license.
  • You don’t need great medical staff.
  • You don’t need to live at home and care for people 24/7
  • You don’t need a home to get started
  • You don’t need a big budget

You can get started with no funds out of your pocket.

Shared homes tend to be the primary topic of conversation for professionals and families facing the needs of those most vulnerable.

  • Veterans of the War Against Terror
  • Recovering addicts
  • Single men and women released from prison
  • Single mothers and women fleeing abuse

Although this list could be longer, these are presently four of the predominant groups.

While misconceptions circulate, the truth could not be more evident. Inadequately addressed housing needs is an issue for many vulnerable populations.

The government can not house all of these people.

However, the government supports those who will house these people and aid in their recovery.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, housing was a challenge, but now it is even more apparent amid the pandemic.

Do you yearn to help vulnerable people in your community who are in danger of homelessness? Do common misconceptions about Shared Housing plague your mind and deter you from engaging in this line of business?

Investors with vision and purpose must understand the truth of Shared Housing and work to address the housing concerns plaguing communities throughout the United States.


The number one misconception of Shared Housing is that the owners are greedy.

People tend to believe that owners want government money or the money of desperate family members but have no desire to help the vulnerable – this could not be less true.

It takes money to run a quality Shared Home. The occupants require care beyond what families can offer.

Besides, the stress of caring for someone with special needs is incredibly taxing on a family.

To preserve the health and well-being of families across the nation, the United States government offers financial assistance.

It also provides remuneration to those persons who are willing to support these people.

Remember, the government is not a medical or psychiatric hospital, nor is it a counselor.

However, the government is willing to pay such people and the investors who provide infrastructure.

Also, leadership to meet the needs of those most vulnerable among us.

As such, those who have a vision for their communities, who care about the most vulnerable, and desire to see healthy families restored can undertake this endeavor with Shared Housing.

The Shared Housing Academy will educate and train investors about building, refurbishing, owning, and operating a quality Shared Home.

Those who solve problems reap the reward. Housing for vulnerable populations is a colossal problem.

Therefore there is a substantial reward.

The responsibility and the associated costs of operating a Shared Home are pretty significant.

So, the misconception about owners being greedy is an unfortunate misnomer, but the help many need will never be thwarted by untried commentary.


People intertwine the misconception of greed with genuine people seeking to do good.

People who engage in this line of business could easily invest in real estate through various other means.

However, that is not their aim.

Investors who engage in building, refurbishing, staffing, and monitoring the care and progress of a Shared Home do it because they care.

They invest in this model because it makes a difference. Investors, like any business professional, do not work for free.

Their time, energy, and resources come at a cost, but they will leverage it by making a difference.

Their goal is community development and improvement. Every community survives because people live in it, but communities thrive when families are healthy.

Shared Housing seeks to restore healthy families.

Healthy families make strong communities, and strong communities have great schools, amenities, and employment.

Investors associated with Shared Housing Academy do seek to build and restore.

Some casual ridicule from the bleachers is from socially-minded investors who get in the game.” Remember, it’s always easier to commentate a sporting event than it is to play it.


Another common misconception is related to personnel – they are unqualified – this is untrue.

Owning and operating a Shared Home required trained staff for various settings, depending on the type of home.

Regardless of the type of Shared Home, all staff persons must be:

  • CPR Certified
  • First Aid Certified
  • Behavioral Management Trained (especially for aggressive behaviors)
  • Possibly Medication Management Certified

In some instances, homes may staff or contract:

  • LVN/RN/CRNA licensed (depending upon the residence)
  • Licensed Counsellor
  • Psychologist (sub-specialties depending on resident needs)
  • Drug Rehabilitation Specialists

As you can see, unqualified personnel is not an issue in a Shared Home. State and local government agencies audit these homes.

Required compliance must be in place to maintain licensure in states across this nation.

Owning a Shared Home is a meaningful endeavor, but it also comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility.


This reductionist idea has plagued this industry for many years. It stems from the years where nursing facilities were grossly underfunded, and service suffered immensely.

That idea of doing very little to get money seeped into the group home industry as well.

However, funding has improved for optimal care to be delivered.

Also, regulations have tightened to protect vulnerable residents.

The philosophy of a Shared Home is to support and develop the vulnerable citizen to reenter society whole.

This result is unachievable with sub-par care.

The home would be at significant risk if none of its residents were ever able to reenter society. While some relapse, depending on the type of home operated, the majority live successful independent lives.

For independence, the care delivered must be tailor-fitted, consistent, and skill development must be optimal.

Residents care for the home in which they live, which aids in independent living.

These skills are beyond the reason for their occupancy. Is it clear? Shared Housing makes a difference in society because it is highly effective.

Unfortunately, vacancies are not much of an issue today.

There are many denials because of limited space.

Vulnerable people need assistance but cannot get admission because owners have no space.

Do you feel the need to make a difference? Do you want to restore the families of your community?

Contact the Shared Housing Academy now to get valuable information to begin the journey of community restoration in your town.


Dropping home values is a real fear of many established homeowners. They believe the presence of a group home will cause their values to decline.

They think family members of residents will come at all times of the night, creating massive disturbances.

Here is the truth.

Home values do not decrease in neighborhoods where Shared Homes exist. Incidents may occur, but they are few and far between.

Case managers with over 15 years of experience report fewer than ten significant incidents on average in their careers.

Truthfully, even the most pristine of neighborhoods may not boast such statistics. So, relax. Neighboring home values will be just fine.

What’s more important is that the real reason for declining home values is deteriorating communities.

Therefore, it might be a good thing to have a Shared Home in your neighborhood – this is evidence that your community is adequately supported.


Investors who engage in Shared Housing do so because there is one clear goal: restoration of the community.

If a few families are hurting, all families are hurting. What happens next door may very soon enter your front door.

The housing shortage for vulnerable populations is a clear and present danger to community development and sustenance.

Vulnerable persons become homeless, crime increases, and safety decreases. Hurting people tend to hurt others to survive.

Do not permit this cycle to seize your town.

You can make a huge difference by getting the training needed and learning about the resources available to start your own Shared Housing.

Visit Shared Housing Academy today to learn how to restore communities one home at a time.

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