SmartShare Housing Solutions

HomeShareSLO, Tiny House Consulting, Co-Living Collaborative: three programs, 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

Helping the community understand and implement the new rules for ADUs of all kinds, from garage conversions to tiny homes on wheels. Learn more

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

New program: Reduced Rent Task Exchange Homeshare

Put that extra bedroom to work--exchange it for rental income or help with household tasks. We have pre-screened housing seekers who are looking for this type of homeshare arrangement. Interested? Click below to learn more about how it works.


Homeowners--Earn rent income without sharing your own space!

Have more house than you need? Have you thought about renting part of it for rental income, but don't want to share your kitchen or other common areas? Looking for flexibility to house a family member or caregiver, but with privacy? 

Private living spaces can be created from an extra bedroom, garage, attic, or empty backyard space.Safer Share can help you understand your options. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SAFER SHARE PAGE.

SmartShare Housing Solutions Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am to 6 pm 805-215-5474

SmartShare 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. SmartShare 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. Shares can be arranged for rent only, partial rent plus some household tasks, or full task exchange. It helps provide affordable housing with existing resources, allows for aging-in-place, builds community and empowers community members. Since launching in 2016, the program has facilitated 62 matches between clients, providing housing, income and security for 120 clients.

Tiny House Consulting works to educate and inspire people around the new affordable, sustainable housing option of tiny houses on wheels. New ordinances allowing THOWs in qualifying backyards in the City of SLO offer exciting opportunities for affordable homeownership and rentals of tiny homes in underutilized backyard spaces. A nonprofit third-party can help agencies and applicants navigate the new territory and establish best practices. Just launched in Nov 2020, Safer Share helps SLO County homeowners under their options for creating a separate living space in their home--providing rental income or family flexibility without sharing common space.

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.

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.