Smart Share Housing Solutions Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am to 5 pm 805-215-5474
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--a facilitated housemate-matching program serving mostly lower-income seniors
- ADU SLO--assist homeowners through Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Tiny House on Wheels (THOWs)
- Co-Living Collaborative--seeks to explore ownership opportunities to provide deed-restricted affordable, sustainability focused, community-centered housing. The Waterman Village is our latest project in Co-Living Collaborative!
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. See annual reports for number of clients matched and served.
ADU SLO - work 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 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.
How We Got Here - History of Smart Share Housing Solutions
Recognizing that there are more housing solutions available than people commonly think, the non-profit Smart Share Housing Solutions started as HomeShareSLO in 2016 with the mission to help connect people and homes. HomeShareSLO was modeled after approximately 60 successful homesharing programs in the U.S. (More information about these programs at National Shared Housing Resource Center.)
Homesharing builds on community capacity and facilitates matches between "providers," people with an extra room, and "seekers," people seeking housing. Homesharing provides extra income and security for home providers, and it provides a safe, affordable house for persons in need of housing. Because the community is helped with provision of housing with little to no public subsidies or having to build new structures, it is a win-win-win.
With thanks to support from a dedicated board of volunteers, fiscal sponsorship support from Ecologistics, and funding from the City of Morro Bay, County of San Luis Obispo, Dignity Health and a handful of committed private donors, HomeShareSLO commenced operations, signing up the first home seekers and providers, in January 2017.
Two years after inception, Smart Share Housing Solutions achieved independent non-profit status, continuing to use the name HomeShareSLO.
In 2019, in addition to the initial HomeShareSLO program, Smart Share Housing Solutions added two new housing programs to support safe, affordable, sustainable housing in the County of San Luis Obispo: ADU SLO and the Co-Living Collaborative.
In 2020, a new Reduced Rent Task Exchange Homeshare option was added, along with Safer Share, a program to help homeowners add a separate living space to their homes, for rental income without sharing common space.
By the end of 2020, the HomeShareSLO program has signed up more than 300 home seekers and providers and matched together more than 130 clients in safe, affordable homes. These matches generate approximately $8,000 income per year for the mostly lower-income senior home providers, supporting their ability to provide for basic services, while saving the home seekers an average of $6,000 per year, as compared to renting a studio or one-bedroom apartment.
Reduced Rent Task Exchange homeshare option, introduced in 2021, provides household help in addition and rent and companionship.
In June, 2022, Smart Share submitted a development application for Waterman Village to the City of San Luis Obispo as a partnership with the City and expects to spend the remainder of 2023 shepherding the project through development review.
By the end of 2022, the approximately 87 homeshare matches facilitated through the HomeShareSLO program have brought direct financial benefit to providers in income rental and cost savings for seekers of almost $1.9M since inception--an approximate six-fold return on investment--and growing!
The Smart Share Housing Solutions all volunteer board and staff look forward to continuing to work with you to provide housing solutions in the form of hope and safe homes for residents of San Luis Obispo County.
Who is Smart Share Housing Solutions?
Our volunteer board members and three part-time staffers believe that safe, affordable housing is a human right, and that a thriving, inclusive community is impossible without access to attainable, sustainable housing.
Smart Share Housing Solutions Board of Directors - 2023
Joanna is a grant writer at Elevate, focused on assistance for non-profit affordable housing providers. She has many years of working to create and support affordable housing from the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. "I am passionate about the need for affordable housing as well as the need to maximize our use of all the resources available. HomeShare is the perfect marriage of those two."
Marcia brings many years of success in the profit and non-profit arena as a small business owner, fundraiser and teacher. Our mission at Smart Share Housing Solutions is in harmony with my values of safe, affordable housing and sustainability. One word to describe myself? "Mixed-use" I bike for transportation and exercise, I live, work and entertain in a 400 sq. ft ADU and all paper gets printed double-sided.
Lisa Gonzalez, EA, MBA
Lisa is a professional accountant and an IRS enrolled agent. She keeps a sense of humor, whether the numbers come up black or red, as she handles the books for several local nonprofits and serves on multiple oversight boards, including the SLO County YMCA and St. Ben's. Lisa is committed to helping nonprofits utilize best financial practices and enjoys the opportunity to serve, and she would like to remind potential donors out there that "You can't take it with you."
As Executive Director of the Casita Coalition, Celeste brings a wealth of knowledge about small, efficient, affordable forms of housing and also statewide advocacy and legislative activities to the Smart Share board. In addition to being a statewide policy expert, Celeste has counted several ADUs as home, so she understands benefits first hand.
Ms. Kennedy has over 30 years of experience directing and working with community non-profit groups. Recognizing the need for affordable housing for vulnerable populations, she believes homesharing and small housing can be part of the solution. As a senior senior, Ms. Kennedy is experiencing the challenges San Luis Obispo seniors face, and plans her days to minimize driving and trips up and down the stairs, among other things.
John is a 37-year resident of San Luis Obispo County. He is an attorney at Spatafore and Grant, who is honored to have assisted in the site acquisition and fundraising for construction of the 40 Prado Center, the City of San Luis Obispo's shelter and hub for services for unhoused persons, operated by CAPSLO.
Grace Crittenden, MD
An internist in San Luis Obispo, Grace now focuses care for senior clients and sees isolation as a contributor to poor health outcomes. She believes homeshare can be a solution and that safe, secure, affordable housing is a key component for health. She brings her breadth of knowledge and passion for holistic health to Smart Share.
Rebecca (Becky) Corvese
Becky, a talent acquisition partner at Trellix, brings her marketing and networking skills to the Smart Share board. "I love to help people network and find new opportunities; there is something so beautiful and satisfying about being able to help others." Becky's passion for connecting and helping people, along with her technical skills, help Smart Share better meet its mission, "Connecting People and Homes."
Cheryl, a retired nonprofit executive director of Friends in Pink, joins the Smart Share team with skills and interest in resource development, with this rare admission, "I like to ask people for money." The team finds Cheryl tuned in during fundraising conversations and appreciates her willingness to help the team lead in resource development.
Carl is a San Luis Obispo electrical contractor, who enjoys assisting with local non-profit and community benefiting organizations, including the SLO Guild Hall and Food Co-op. Carl's interest in sustainability and housing and know-how when it comes to project development make for a natural fit on Smart Share's Waterman Village development team.
Erik, a San Luis Obispo Realtor, is also a planner and has worked as a project manager for a Civil Engineering company where he focused on designing subdivisions and helping property owners acquire planning permits from local jurisdictions. Erik helped permit the Emerald Village tiny home project in Eugene, Oregon and brings his experience with planning, permitting and project management to Smart Share's Waterman Village development team.
Smart Share Housing Solutions Staff - 2023
Anne is a housing policy planning consultant with specialties in affordable housing, historic preservation and sustainable mobility and tourism. She has been a frequent contributor to the national magazine Planning, Vice Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Commission on Aging and a County Planning Commissioner. She currently serves on several volunteer boards: the Housing Trust Fund of San Luis Obispo County; the Casita Coalition; the Area Agency for the Aging/Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens; National Shared Housing Resource Center; the HSOC Housing Committee & Friends of the Bob Jones Trail.
Client Services Manager
Rustin has over 10 years of experience working in housing & property management. He joined the Smart Share team in 2022 with a strong interest in social service, and his caring, empathetic passion for helping people provides capable, warm client support for the HomeShareSLO program. Rustin lives in an off grid tiny home, so he is an expert in alternative, sustainable living, and has a passion for mindfulness, wellness and sustainability.
Mavis joined Smart Share in May 2022. She is excited to be a part of this team and believes strongly in the mission of Smart Share Housing Solutions.
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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.