SmartShare Housing Solutions
HomeShareSLO, Tiny House Consulting, Co-Living Collaborative: three programs, one goal--to create more safe, affordable housing and empower our community.
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--Become part of the housing solution by building an ADU
Smart Share is partnering with local professionals to create a one-stop shop for converting garages and other underused spaces to self-contained living spaces. We'll assist homeowners with every part of the process-- from design to tenant move in. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are a great way to add family flexibility and rental income potential to your home.
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 options for smaller, simple living options that add to our affordable housing stock. New state rules allowing ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) on most single-family residential lots create opportunity for homeowners 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 homes on wheels in backyards, currently allowed only in SLO City, are part of this mix of small, affordable-by-design dwellings. These spaces create family flexibility and can provide income through long term rental. Tiny House Consulting is working with a regional ADU task force to educate the community and encourage production of these smaller homes in SLO County. We are also developing a one-stop ADU shop to take homeowners from planning and design through to construction and tenant move-in. More details of this new program coming soon!
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.