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Roommate Case Studies

Case Study No. 3: Seniors

Marcia Rosenfeld and Carolyn Allen
A clerical aide and a municipal employee sharing a two-bedroom in Ditmas Park.

How did you find each other?
Marcia Rosenfeld: My landlord told me about the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ home-sharing program many years ago. Carolyn is my third roommate. The first roommate I had moved to Manhattan when a friend offered free rent. You can’t get any better than that.

Do you see each other often?
Rosenfeld: No. She does everything by herself, and I do everything by myself. I have my own things, she has her own things.
Carolyn Allen: But it’s good to have someone around. In my old apartment, I’d hear noises, and that was really hard. I hope Marcia feels the same way about me.
Rosenfeld: Yes, of course I do.

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