Learn MoreWhat is home sharing?

SHARE Sonoma County Home Shares are living arrangements between two or more unrelated people, one of whom is 60 years of age or older, who agree to share a home or apartment for their mutual benefit. Each person has their own bedroom and possibly bathroom, while sharing common living areas. As part of SHAREfire and our efforts to help those who need to find housing following the fires, we are broadening our scope to allow for all kinds of housing, without age limits and other restrictions.

Benefits of home sharing

  • Easing financial burdens

  • Companionship

  • Security of not living alone

  • Remaining at home and "Aging in place" for those needing basic assistance

  • Help those at risk or newly homeless into permanent housing

Other home share programs

Home sharing was developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with a focus to help those who are house rich and cash poor. HIP Housing of San Mateo County developed it’s home sharing program in the late 1970’s. Vermont has several home sharing programs as does San Diego, Los Angeles, New York among others. The home sharing concept is an evidence-based model promoted by AARP and other federal and state agencies. Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa now allow Section 8 vouchers Housing Authority to be applied for those renting a room/home sharing.