Hi! My name is Blake and I am one of the co-founders of Roommateswithkids.com. As a divorced parent with two amazing children, I found it somewhat difficult to find a shared housing arrangement that was "child friendly". In my personal situation, I needed to remain in a certain city so that my children could remain enrolled in a specific school that they enjoyed. Also, my monthly rent budget was limited to the extent that I was unable to rent a place on my own. Therefore, I needed to find a roommate who also had children as I felt that having other children in the home that were near my children's ages would be a much better and healthier environment for them.
After browsing through numerous roommate sites on the Internet, I found that they were primarily targeting individuals who were single, although some did have a 'filtering system' that allowed me to specify that my children live with me. Unfortunately, I didn't have any luck finding a shared house or apartment with another single parent who had children. Therefore, after many hours of contemplating on how I could assist myself and other single parents who were in a similar situation, I decided to develop a website specifically designed for single parents who have children that needed to find a similar roommate. So in 2012, I set the wheels in motion and began developing the website with the help of two business partners. And I'm proud to say that in 2014, the website was launched! Now, with my New business partner, we have re-launched a completely rebuilt, from the ground up, website in mid 2016.
Initially, I was unsure if the concept would be well received by other single parents, however after countless (and I mean countless!) conversations and discussions about the idea with a multitude of single parents, both male and female alike, the overwhelming response was, "That's a great idea....I would definitely sign up". Therefore, I felt in my heart that it was the right thing to do, so the journey began.
Although there are many different roommate sites out there, I feel that Roommateswithkids.com is very unique as it directly caters to single parents to assist them with the oftentimes emotional situation of moving due to their current circumstances and allows them the opportunity to meet a likeminded parents and roommates who also has a child or children, which I believe promotes a much more stable home environment for the children (as well as allowing the parents to keep their children in the school district of their choosing if that is a concern of theirs.) Separation and/or divorce can be very traumatic for all involved so my wish is that Roommateswithkids.com can assist single parents, like you, in providing a more fluid transition and a more affordable housing arrangement. We're definitely not re-inventing the wheel here; were just refining it a bit. In the coming months, we will be adding a lot of great new features to the site that I'm sure you will enjoy but in the meantime, go ahead and sign up and see how you like it. And if you have any suggestions on how we can make it better, by all means, feel free to contact us. We really value your input.
In closing, I would like to welcome you to Roommateswithkids.com. This website was conceived, designed and built for YOU!
I truly wish you and your child or children all the best and hope you have great luck in finding that perfect roommate... Who also has kids!