Meet My Rumi App

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Rumi does not provide housing. We encourage all our customers to do their own due diligence and look for appropriate housing that works for them and their roommate.

If there are special requirements for housing that are needed, Rumi can assist with ideas, but Rumi will not take part in any of the leasing or rental agreements.

Yes, yes, and yes. All 3 scenarios.

1) The person with a disability waiver has an extra room for rent and is looking for a caregiver to move in.

2) The potential caregiver has an extra room for rent and is looking for someone with a disability to move in.

3) Look to find a new location that will work best for both parties. If needed, the Rumi team can assist with finding new housing options that accommodate the needs and wants of both parties.

You will be able to search the desired living location, the amount of rent they can afford, what their interests and hobbies are, age, gender, and what they are looking for in a roommate or roommates.

We suggest talking several times and meeting multiple times in public. Choosing a roommate is a big event for all parties involved, so there will most likely be several face-to-face meetings at coffee shops, restaurants, and other public places to ensure comfort and compatibility. The Rumi team will provide direction that will help guide both parties through the process of getting to know each other.

Although we do everything to avoid a contract/lease termination, the individual with a disability will stay in the home and the Rumi team will provide fill-in staff while we search for new long-term Rumi. If the caregiver is a homeowner, we will find immediate temporary housing for the individual with disabilities, while we start the process again.

We require full legal name and phone numbers, so that we can call to verify. We also run background checks through the state criminal court system as well as “Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender” system. Further, we offer guidance on how to engage with connections to ensure safety. There is zero tolerance for behavior that breaks our rules; those that do engage in inappropriate behavior will be flagged and banned from our system.

The Rumi team will take a case-by-case look at each situation to make sure we have the proper supports in place before signing a lease.

Rumi is a play on “roomie,” as in “roommate”—and it’s pronounced just like “roomie.” Rumi is also a 13th century poet and scholar who famously said: “What you seek is seeking you.” We feel the same way about finding a perfect match with the Rumi platform.

Rumi (Disability Waiver) Questions

Click here to learn about local resources that may be able to help you obtain a waiver. Click here to learn about housing resources. 

The Rumi team will take a case-by-case look at each situation to make sure we have the proper supports in place before signing a lease.

We work with anyone who has a waiver. Our services include: 24 Assistance, Caregiver Living Expense, Housing Access Coordination, Transitional Services, SLS 15 Minute Units, SLS Daily, SES, ILS, Adult Companion, Night Supervision, and Person-Centered Planning.

Supportive Roommate (Caregiver) Questions

The tax law allows individuals who receive family foster care payments to exclude them from gross income if all the following conditions are met:– Payments are made pursuant to a foster care program of a State, and payments are paid by a State or political subdivision thereof, or a qualified agency;– and payments are paid to a foster care provider for the care of a qualified foster individual in the foster care provider’s home.Since Rumi is a service that connects two people that live in their own home on their own lease (and not in a group home or institutionalized setting), the income to the care provider is tax-free.Remember to consult your tax professional with any tax questions.Learn more: https://irc.bloombergtax.com/public/uscode/doc/irc/section_131

To see the graph explaining compensation, click here and scroll down.

That is the whole point of Rumi: what you seek is seeking you! (Psst—that’s a quote from the poet named Rumi. See below for more information!) There is a match out there for you who has the same interests as you do, wants to live in the same neighborhood, and is looking for a Rumi!

The Rumi team will provide temporary staffing while you are gone.

Yes! We are looking for people of all backgrounds who think this program would be a good fit for them. We will offer appropriate training so that you’ll be prepared to help support your Rumi.

An individual can be disqualified based on information from Minnesota or any other state that includes: a conviction, admission, or Alford plea, to any of the crimes listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 245C.15; a preponderance of evidence that the subject committed an act that meets the definition of any of the crimes listed in Minnesota Statues, section 245C.15; a finding of substantiated maltreatment of a minor or vulnerable adult that is determined to be serious and/or recurring as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 245C.02.

Yes. You can keep your current job as a caregiver. Supports of all levels are needed. 

Absolutely! We have folks looking to live with families. 

Case Manager Questions

We work with anyone who has a waiver. Our services include: 24 Assistance, Caregiver Living Expense, Housing Access Coordination, Transitional Services, SLS 15 Minute Units, SLS Daily, SES, ILS, Adult Companion, Night Supervision, and Person-Centered Planning.