Senior Lifestyles

Sharing houses: Catholic Charities, county team up for new program

The House Sharing Program, a joint effort from Catholic Charities and Santa Clara County, is a free service that aims to help local residents remain in the area and/or be closer to their work or family.

The program defines “house sharing” as two or more unrelated people sharing a home. That can mean a homeowner and renter relationship, or two or more people renting a home together. Residents typically have their own bedroom (and sometimes bathroom) but share common areas.

Benefits include extra income for the house provider, increased housing options for renters, shared household responsibilities, companionship, increased security and often, for seniors, the ability to stay in their homes longer.

A one-time $200 incentive is paid to the house provider after 90 days of a successful match. All participants are screened via background checks, personality profiles and preferences in housemates.

Launched last August, the program has 24 housing providers so far. Not yet serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, program administrators are actively seeking contacts in those cities and hope to add new local providers soon.

“Any additional connections would be incredibly helpful, as we eagerly want to serve this area of our community,” program manager Susan Castillo said.

Seniors are both housing providers and renters, Castillo said, but the program is not limited to them. Approximately 75 percent of the current 24 providers are over the age of 55.

For more information, call (408) 325-5226 or visit catholiccharitiesscc.org.

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