With the economy suffering, different generations in the same family in the U.S. are shacking up to save money and share household responsibilities.

The number of Americans living in a multigenerational household increased 10 percent to about 51 million since the Great Recession began, according to a 2011 report from Generations United, an organization that supports collaboration between generations.

“Our report found that in 66 percent of the (multigenerational) households, the current economic problems were the cause,” Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, told the New York Times.

“I’m a big believer in this sort of arrangement (several generations living under one roof), maybe because it never happened for me when I was a parent,” said Tupper Thomas, a retired grandmother who lives with her daughter’s family in Brooklyn, N.Y., and one of the subjects in the Times’ article.

Source: New York Times

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