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
4. Draft an Agreement
5. Trial Match (optional)
Hosts and Guests can be any age.
And Hosts can be renters themselves (if/as the owner/manager allows).
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 welcome applications for matches in homes within a 1-hour drive of Roseville, including Nevada City, Placerville, Lodi, Dixon, and Yuba City/Marysville.
We only have one eligibility requirement: that we would be glad to match you up with our own mother. If we find any "gray zone" items (e.g; health, criminal, financial) that we would want our own mother to know about before deciding on a match, we'll make positive that the person discloses those items to their potential match at the in-person match introduction, if not sooner.
How much does this cost?
None to you, ever! In fact, matched Hosts and Guests save money by splitting utilities, or even subscriptions, transportation, groceries, or whatever else you establish in your Living Together Agreement.
If this service is free, what's the catch?
We are not paid by Hosts or Guests, but by our funder. That means we act as an "agent" equally to both sides. We work to bring fairness, truth, and flexibility to a room rental market that is unfair, sneaky, and rigid for Hosts and Guests alike.
How choosy can I be about my match?
We do NOT help clients discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or citizenship. As soon as you ask us to do so, we can no longer work with you, so don't.
And anyways, choosing by vague, general labels like these can only cut you off from the perfect housemate. We get so much info exactly so that you can choose based on the specific pro's and con's that actually matter for each possible person/home/agreement.
What about COVID?
We gladly accommodate requests to conduct business remotely, however feasible.
We also help Hosts and Guests agree on reasonable COVID rules they can both live by (vaccination preferences, just-in-case quarantine plans, etc.).
Note: Although we don't require COVID vaccination and booster, almost all of our Hosts do.
How long does it take to find a match?
It depends on:
how particular your needs/abilities are
e.g; desired rent, pets, etc.
how many Hosts/Guests are working with HomeShare American River
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How long will the match last?
All matches are on a monthly rental contract, but the match must be be intended to last for at least one year (assuming both parties hold up their end).
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?
Our template rental contract makes it clear how matches end, and we can help facilitate move-outs to some degree. We use why the match didn't work to re-match folks successfully... as long as they held themselves as good as their word.
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 make someone feel heard. And don't forget that Hosts can provide services to Guests, too!
While we don't get involved in medical care (e.g; meds management), we are happy to work with In-Home Supportive Services recipients and providers to augment and support their relationship.
What does your background check include?
Will I be safe sharing a home?
Historically, homesharing has been remarkably safe. And homesharers usually report that living with another person actually makes them feel safer in their home than living alone.
Can I talk with someone who's done this before?
Easy... all of our team have personally shared a home many times, and are glad to discuss it!