Aug 04, 2020 7:15 AM
Emily Klein, Fishline HomeShare Coordinator
Fishline HomeShare
Emily Klein is a long-time North Kitsap resident and graduate of Seattle University who has been Fishline’s HomeShare Coordinator since 2019. She is passionate about shared housing as an affordable, sustainable option that promotes connected, resilient communities, and is thrilled to be part of an organization with a holistic, person-centered approach. As a volunteer, Emily has served with arts organizations, those supporting people living with HIV, and as a small-town firefighter. She spent many years in the restaurant industry and brings her love of service and hospitality to her work as Fishline’s HomeShare coordinator. Emily and her young son live in a shared household, which offers many opportunities to collaborate, laugh, and work on her communication skills!
Fishline’s HomeShare program is a housemate matching service serving Kitsap County that connects people with space to rent in their homes with those in search of housing. Shared living offers companionship and security, increased affordability for both parties, and the chance to build meaningful connections that strengthen our communities and promote an ethic of mutual care and assistance. Each participant in Fishline’s program undergoes extensive background and reference checks and creates a profile outlining their personality, needs, and preferences for shared living. Program staff make introductions based on compatibility and provide support and resources to set matches up for success; it’s always up to participants to decide whether they’d like to move forward with a match. Especially now, as so many community members struggle with the financial and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the companionship, mutual support, and cost sharing afforded by shared living can be a lifeline!