Share a home!
Homesharing success from across the US
How it works
Interview and Screen
We ask even more, clarify, and verify
We introduce you to likely matches until one "clicks"
Draft an Agreement
We get everyone on the same page (literally!)
Two weeks, no obligation
Matched with Support
Regular check-ins, and plenty of help as needed
Draft an Agreement
Hosts and Guests can be:
homeowners or renters
singles, partners, or families
By building a broad, deep pool of qualified applicants, we're able to find the best fit for the criteria you tell us matter most.
People usually start homesharing for financial benefits, including valuable exchanges of household services for rent.
But research shows they keep doing it for the comforts of just having someone around, new connections... not to mention all the broader community benefits.
Who's eligible to apply?
We'll match anyone as a Host or Guest in a home within 40 minutes' drive of western Placer County: from Nevada City to Elk Grove, from El Macero to Placerville. That said, we're currently prioritizing making matches which involve at least one senior (60+) currently living in Placer County... including if they are matched as Guests in nearby counties.
What about COVID? (Updated)
We help Hosts and Guests agree on reasonable COVID rules they can both live by.
These include vaccination preferences, day-to-day precautions, and plans for quarantine or isolation in the event of infection. And we gladly accommodate requests to conduct business remotely, however feasible.
Do I choose who I live with?
Yes, but not like you'd pick a thing out of a catalog. We maintain the privacy of all of our applicants and suggest matches that fit you best. But both Host and Guest have to agree to proceed through each step. If either side doesn't, then we suggest other likely matches.
How long does it take to find a match?
We prioritize those in urgent need of a match. But besides that, it really depends on your stated needs and preferences. Rent far from market prices? Lots of dealbreakers? Be honest about your needs, but don't be too fussy about all your druthers.
And of course, you can always speed things up by helping to [spread the word about us] and deepening our pool of applicants.
How long will the match last?
We all spend enough time and energy making a match that it's not worth it for an intended stay of less than one year. That said, some programs' matches last an average of 3.5 years... that's a lot of satisfied housemates!
What if one or both of us want to end the match?
We strongly recommend monthly rental agreements so that either party can end the match with just a month's notice (but no less!).
When this happens, we find out why the match ended, and use this info to re-match folks more successfully. In rare cases, we may decline to match them again at all.
What services can people exchange?
So many! Things you take for granted doing every day may be out of reach to others (literally!). You don't have to be an IT expert to open up the Internet to someone for the first time. You don't have to be a therapist to let someone feel heard. And don't forget that Hosts can provide services to Guests, too!
However, nursing or personal care (e.g; medicine management, feeding, bathing) can only be provided by people legally allowed to (e.g; In-Home Supportive Services providers).
What background checks do you do?
We require three references from both Hosts and Guests (not including family, friends, or romantic partners). That plus their criminal and financial history gets put to the "Would I match this person with my mother?" test.
If we see a "gray zone" concern on their record, we may decline to match the applicant unless they allow us to disclose the concern to potential matches. This would be done before that applicant's identifying information is disclosed to maintain their privacy.
Will I be safe sharing a home?
Historically, homesharing has been remarkably safe.
In fact, homesharers usually report that living with another person actually makes them feel safer in their home, under a variety of scenarios.
And property-wise, we conduct a thorough inspection of Hosts' homes for safety issues at their in-home safety interview.
Are there any costs?
None to you! That said, if your match is working out pretty well after a month, we ask you to consider a sliding-scale suggested donation of about $50.
And keep in mind that matched Hosts and Guests save costs in utilities at least, and potentially in subscriptions, transportation, groceries, or whatever else you establish in your Living Together Agreement.
Can I talk with someone who's done this before?
Easy... most of our team have personally shared a home many times, and are glad to discuss it! Besides that, we will certainly be inviting established matches to share their experiences in a variety of ways, while staying as private they prefer.