07/20/2011 08:59 am ET Updated Sep 19, 2011

Homesharing Lets Renter Get Back On Her Feet

When Dina Hagl moved back to the U.S. from Germany, she needed a place to live that wouldn't break the bank. "I was looking for something really inexpensive," the Hoffman Estates native said. "I was willing to do anything."

Like many renters that turn to the North Suburban Homesharing Program for assistance, Hagl was dealing with a limited cash flow. She was changing careers and landed a job at the Whole Foods in Deerfield. In need of cheap lodging that was nearby and unable to afford the asking rent for most apartments, she was willing to offer other services in exchange.

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