Smart Share Housing Solutions

HomeShareSLO. ADU SLO. Co-Living Collaborative. 3 programs of Smart Share Housing Solutions all share ONE goal--to create more energy efficient, safe, affordable housing, and to 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.

Fall Events & Workshops

10 exciting workshops coming up geared for SLO residents. Topics include "Tiny Living SLO", "All Electric High Efficiency Home Demonstration", "Tiny Home-Tiny Challenges", "Living Off-Grid", and more. Download the ADU SLO Workshops Flyer and Check out our Events page for detailed information. Workshops are FREE and open to the public.

Special thanks to these project partners:

City of San Luis Obispo,


In-Balance Green Consulting, and

The SLO Guild Hall

Upcoming Workshops: Oct. 3rd (5:30pm to 7:00pm) & Oct. 4th (10:30am to Noon)

 "Backyard Houses: what are ADUs, THOWs, and JADUs?"

Coffee Chat/Older Adults and Small Housing Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 10:30am to Noon

Join us for coffee - learn more about Smart Share's 3 programs to increase the affordable housing options in SLO county. This month's workshop: "Older Adults and Small Housing" Are you thinking about a tiny home on wheels (THOW) or accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in San Luis Obispo? Are there special considerations for older adults and tiny home living? Come see Smart Share's tiny demo cottage and learn how such small homes can meet the needs of our increasing senior population, particularly single seniors. Learn more about Smart Share's Waterman Village project and small homes in individual backyards too.

Location: The Tiny Demo House, located in the grove behind The SLO Guild Hall                         2880 Broad Street, SLO 93401

Your donation helps support the three programs of the non-profit Smart Share Housing Solutions.

- Demo Off-Grid Caretaker's Cottage Photo Collage -

Visit the  Demo Cottage page for more information.

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.

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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.