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Working to combat homelessness

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Nothing is more fundamental to us on a day to day basis than home.

How we feel when we come home at night and close our door affects everything else; our work, our relationships, our health and how we feel about ourselves.

That’s why at SpareRoom we’re on a mission to help people find happy apartment shares. It’s also why we’re proud to partner with Breaking Ground, the largest provider of permanent supportive housing and outreach services for people experiencing homelessness on the streets of New York City.

Why partner with a homeless organization?

Simple - because you asked us to. When we launched Live Rent Free, to pay one roommate’s rent for a whole year we got lots of great feedback (and lots of entries!). But several of you also asked whether we’d consider doing something to help combat homelessness too. So we did.

What we're doing

Every month our Live Rent Free winner gets their rent paid for a month. We’ll match that amount and give it to Breaking Ground to help them combat homelessness and give real, practical help to those who need it most.

Why Breaking Ground?

Breaking Ground believe everyone deserves a home. We couldn’t agree more. Everything they do is focused on helping people escape or prevent homelessness. We also love their ‘Housing First’ approach. The Housing First philosophy is simple - give people access to stable housing and they can deal with their other life issues. Sobriety, better health and restored lives start with a safe place to live, a door that a person can lock, and a bed to sleep in night after night.

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Where will the money go?

All our donations will go towards Breaking Ground’s Transitional Housing work. This provides short-term homes for the most vulnerable homeless New Yorkers, alongside intensive case management, clinical services, three nutritious meals a day, access to clean clothes and laundry services and a variety of onsite programming to help people re-engage with society and overcome social isolation.

How you can help
(and how you’re already helping)

Over the coming weeks and months we’ll let you know how you can get involved and contribute to our fundraising. But, for now, you can feel good knowing that by choosing SpareRoom (and by entering Live Rent Free) you’re already helping those who don’t have a place to call their own.

To find out more about SpareRoom’s partnership with Breaking Ground and how the money we raise is helping, visit