SmartShare Housing Solutions--creating housing solutions by connecting people and homes
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--a facilitated housemate-matching program serving mostly lower-income seniors
- Tiny House Consulting--helping the community understand and implement the new rules allowing tiny homes on wheels in shared backyards
- Co-Living Collaborative--seeks to explore ownership opportunities to provide deed-restricted affordable, sustainability focused, community-centered housing
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. Since launching in 2016, the program has facilitated 52 matches between clients, providing housing, income and security for 93 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 THOW's 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.
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.
Who is SmartShare 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.
SmartShare Housing Solutions Board of Directors
Marcia brings many years of success in the profit and non-profit arena as a small business owner, fundraiser and teacher. She is enjoying her retirement years as an active volunteer and launching Laughter Wellness awareness throughout our county.
Ms. Kennedy has over 30 years of experience working with community non-profit groups. Recognizing the need for affordable housing for vulnerable populations, she believes homesharing can be part of the solution.
Lisa Gonzalez, EA, MBA
Lisa Gonzalez is a professional accountant and an IRS enrolled agent. She handles the books for several local nonprofits and has served on the boards as well. Lisa's commitment to helping nonprofits utilize best financial practices is a great asset to our community.
Tim is passionate about creating affordable housing opportunities and assisting un-housed persons, and he's not afraid to get his hands dirty or tell you what he thinks. He can often be found along the banks of San Luis Creek offering supplies, assistance and a friendly word. Tim's a strong believer in homelessness prevention through programs like HomeShareSLO.
Grace Crittenden, MD
Dr. Grace Crittenden is an internist in San Luis Obispo. Dr. Crittenden has many senior clients and sees isolation as a contributor to poor health outcomes and believes homeshare can be a solution.
Alan Prince is a practicing Occupational Therapist (OT) with over 22 years of experience working with adult and geriatric patients in a variety of settings. He is CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) certified through the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders).
Joanna's a Property Management Specialist for Family Care Network, managing properties for youth aging out of the foster care system and formerly homeless families. She has many years of working to create and support affordable housing from both the non-profit and government sector. "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."
Sharon has a legal background and currently volunteers with the History Center and as a tutor with Literacy with Life. Her experience sharing housing with seniors in New York City gives her valuable perspective on the challenges and benefits of homesharing.
Smart Share Housing Solutions Administrative Team
Anne is a housing policy planning consultant and frequent contributor to the national magazine Planning, Vice Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Commission on Aging, National Shared Housing Resource Center board member, and a former County Planning Commissioner.
Stephanie has been involved in community building for the past 18 years. Active in public health circles and chairing the Healthy Communities Work Group of the county's Heal SLO coalition, Stephanie recognizes the importance of safe and affordable housing for both individual and community health and passionately works for an inclusive and generationally diverse community.
Celeste's background in marketing, graphic design and administrative organization for multi-family property management provides a broad range of operational oversight.
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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.