In  a system as complex as housing, there is not a single solution to balancing supply and demand. As a local non-profit, Smart Share Housing Solutions can get donations and grants to test out new ideas for housing that other investors or developers might pass over because they are unproven, or viewed as risky. Smart Share Housing Solutions thinks outside the box about how to make best use of existing infrastructure and buildings. Some ideas that we are pursuing or investigating include:

  • HomeShareSLO - Facilitates matches between those with an extra room and those looking for affordable housing.
  • ADU SLO - Assists property owners on the logistics of adding housing units using backyards, garages, infill lots and existing buildings.
  • Co-Living Collaborative - Develops shared housing projects, including the Waterman Village, a neighborhood of 20 affordable small homes surrounding a historic adobe in downtown San Luis Obispo, now in development.

Our goal is systems change as well as direct service provision. It can take years to see the results of efforts at systems change; it's not as simple as counting the number of clients we've helped. We're grateful for the long-term vision of those who join with us in our efforts.

Smart Share Housing Solutions is a public benefit non-profit corporation. Your donation is critical to Smart Share's success!

Facilitates matches between those with an extra room and those looking for affordable housing. Learn more

Assists property owners on the logistics of adding housing units using backyards, garages, infill lots and existing buildings. Learn More

Develops shared housing projects, including the Waterman Village, a neighborhood of 20 affordable small homes surrounding a historic adobe in downtown San Luis Obispo, now in development. Learn more.


Winter Events & Workshops

We wish you a warm and joyful holiday season. Please keep checking for for 2024 workshop line up here, or make sure you're on our list. Sign up below.


Coffee Chat

(On hold for the winter break)


Join Smart Share staff for a coffee chat - learn more about Smart Share's three (3) programs to increase affordable housing options in SLO county. Come chat with our staff or meet potential home providers/home seekers. Tour the cute Smart Share's tiny demo cottage and learn how such small homes can assist the needs of our increasing older adult population, particularly single seniors. Last chance to tour the Tiny Demo House at this location.

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

 805-215-5474   info@smartsharehousingsolutions.org

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,  a neighborhood of 20 affordable small homes surrounding a historic adobe in downtown San Luis Obispo, now in development.

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.