Smart Share Housing Solutions

HomeShareSLO, ADU SLO, Co-Living Collaborative: 3 programs of Smart Share Housing Solutions. All share ONE goal--to create more safe, affordable housing and empower our community.  

Bringing together people with an extra bedroom with those who are seeking housing they can afford. Learn more


ADU SLO helps home providers convert backyards, garages, infill lots and existing buildings into living space or build new ADUs for long term rental. Learn more about ADU SLO

Exploring ownership opportunities to provide deed-restricted affordable, sustainability focused, community-centered housing. Learn more.

Your donation helps support the three programs of Smart Share Housing Solutions!

- Smart Share's first Demo Off-Grid Caretakers Cottage is here! -

Please visit our ADU SLO page for more information.

Upcoming Coffee Chats!

Two Locations To Choose From

Demo Off-Grid Cottage in SLO
Demo Off-Grid Cottage in SLO

San Luis Obispo Location

Coffee Chat SLO will be on 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am

in the just-delivered 

Demo Off-Grid Caretakers Cottage located behind the:

San Luis Obispo Guild Hall

2880 Broad Street

(Cross Street is Mutsuhito Avenue)

San Luis Obispo, 93401

Coffee Chats SLO are held second Wednesdays of the month.

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Arroyo Grande Location

Panera Bread

1390 West Branch Street

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 473-9292

Coffee Chats AG are held very third Wednesdays of the month.     Next up

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

3:00pm to 4:00pm

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Join us for a chat about home sharing with HomeShareSLO's staff and folks interested in housing solutions. You'll have a chance to network with housing providers and other residents seeking housing through our program.

Our series of Coffee Chats will be held outdoors, so bring your mask if you like, and a layer in case it's chilly. Rain cancels.
No RSVP required--this is an informal drop-in event.

Please call us at (805) 215-5474 if you have any questions.


New Home Provider Incentive Program

Partner with HomeShareSLO to create housing and earn $1,000

HomeShareSLO is offering a $1,000 incentive for qualifying new SLO County home providers who rent space in their homes to another County resident.

This incentive offer is available to the first 10 qualifying home providers applicants renting for $850 or under.

Please review the program's list of "Do I Qualify?" and contact Smart Share Housing Solutions for more information or to apply. (805) 215-5474 or

See our HomeShareSLO page for more information about this home share program and how you can join us in providing housing solutions.

Smart Share Housing Solutions Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday 9 am to 5 pm


Smart Share Housing Solutions, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, develops innovative housing solutions that add to the stock of attainable, sustainable housing. We are a 501(c)(3) public benefit non-profit corporation. Our Federal I.D. number is EIN# 82-3151265. Smart Share Housing Solutions is a member of the National Shared Housing Resource Center and currently operates three programs.

HomeShareSLO facilitates matches between home providers--people with an extra room--and home seekers--those looking for a home. It helps provide affordable housing with existing resources, allows for aging-in-place, builds community and empowers community members. 

ADU SLO works to educate and inspire people around options for smaller, simple living options that add to our affordable housing stock. New state rules allowing ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Unit) on most single-family residential lots create opportunity for home providers to become part of the solution by building a new separate living space in their backyard, converting an existing garage to living space, or carving out a separate suite inside the home. Tiny House On Wheels (THOWs) in backyards, currently allowed only in SLO City and Arroyo Grande, are part of this mix of small, affordable-by-design dwellings. These spaces create family flexibility and can provide income through long term rental. ADU SLO is working with a regional ADU task force to educate the community and encourage production of these smaller homes in SLO County. 

Co-Living Collaborative aims to expand housing options through development of affordable, eco-minded shared living created by converting existing commercial spaces such as older motels and bed and breakfast inns to co-living centers with a mix of shared and private spaces. The program has been evaluating potential projects since 2017. In addition to creating needed housing for lower income renters in SLO County, the goal is to create a model for such conversions that can be replicated in other communities. Our newest Co-Living Collaborative project is the Waterman Village, located on Dana Street in San Luis Obispo.

Choosing your home share partner is up to you. We'll provide pre-screened applicants who match your preferences. HomeShareSLO abides by the Fair Housing laws and accepts all applicants, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, the presence of minor children, receipt of public assistance or gender identity. It is your decision regarding who you want to live with.