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SHARE of Sonoma County Homesharing Program


SHARE of Sonoma County 
Homesharing Program

SHARE of Sonoma County (SHARE), in partnership with Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC), announces a new homesharing program for those who are 60 years and older.  

SHARE (Shared Housing And Resource Exchange) is a free program for Sonoma County and helps to match two or more unrelated people (one of the participants must be 60 years or older) to share a home.  Ideal participants would include any homeowner or renter (home-provider) who has a room or rooms available for rent to help with expenses, or a service exchange homeshare in which defined services are provided in exchange of paying less or no rent.  Exchange services include household chores, driving to doctor appointments and personal care, matched with any individual (home-seeker) who needs affordable housing.

Home-sharing includes many benefits such as ease of financial burden, providing companionship, security and independence for those older adults who need basic assistance in order to stay in their homes and age-in-place.

SHARE helps facilitate safe homeshares by conducting interviews and screenings of each participant and provides tools for those home-providers who would also like a background check.  We also provide ongoing support for the homeshare participants. 

SHARE is actively pursuing funding for this much needed Sonoma County program.  

For more information, to apply for this program or to send a tax-deductible donation, please contact Amy Appleton at (707) 477-2759 or contact PPSC at (707) 765-8488, ext. 415 for assistance.