Learn MoreWhat is home sharing?
SHARE Sonoma County works to provide affordable and attainable housing to help seniors ‘age in place.’ SHARE (Shared Housing And Resource Exchange) facilitates secure home shares for homeowners and renters who are currently stressed financially, experiencing life transitions, looking for companionship, or needing basic assistance (service exchange) to help them thrive and remain safely at home. The Home Shares are living arrangements between two or more unrelated people, one of whom is 60 years of age or older, who agree to share a home or apartment for their mutual benefit. Each person has their own bedroom and possibly bathroom, while sharing common living areas
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ABOUT HOME SHARESThe five types of home shares
Home Share whereby Home Seekers, in need of affordable housing, are matched with Home Providers, who own or rent their home or apartment (have the ability to sublet) and, who are in need additional income. Room rentals average from $400 to $1,500 per month, utility costs included.
Home Seekers are matched with Home Providers, who own or rent their home and who need clearly defined services, e.g. companionship, meal preparation, driving to appointments, housekeeping, or yard work in order to remain in their home, age in place and thrive. No rent is exchanged, some utility cost might be required. Utility cost rarely exceeds $100/month. Home seeker is responsible for cost of own food.
Partial rent & Service Exchange
Home Seeker is responsible for paying some rent and performing a few carefully defined services to provided for the Home Provider. Average rent is $300/month, which includes the cost of utilities.
Share Community Houses
SHARE manages houses provided by home owners who do not live in the home. Each tenant has a lease agreement directly with the home owner. To-date, SHARE has created three Community Houses with a total of 12 beds and more are pending. This option offers affordable housing and a sense of community, while providing a way for some to leave the shelter system and get into permanent housing.
Temporary and longterm placements for those displaced by emergencies caused by natural disasters such as the wild fires in the North Bay. During the 2017 fires, SHAREfire had more than 1000 homes available for those who were displaced. SHARE Sonoma County continues to assist fire victims with housing placements.