Some additional announcements:
are actively recruiting families with children for HIP Housing's
Self-Sufficiency program, a program that assists with housing and
coaching support while adults are pursuing career and educational
goals. Openings in HIP Housing's SHARE properties as well as individual
housing scholarships are available. For more information, please
visit Self Sufficiency Program - HIP Housing
- Know someone who wants to join HIP? Check out our job postings at Jobs - HIP Housing
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOME SHARING PROGRAM
1. How does home sharing work?
Housing is a nonprofit organization which since 1972 has been
connecting Home owners or renters (Home Providers) who have a residence
with one or more bedrooms, with persons seeking housing (Home Seekers)
to pay rent or exchange activities for reduced rent. HIP Housing’s Home
Sharing program is not a short-term vacation rental type program.
Providers must live in San Mateo County. Persons seeking housing must
either live, work or attend school in San Mateo County or have a
housing voucher for San Mateo County.
this housing market, rents in the Home Sharing Program typically range
from $750 on up with occasional lower rents. Some rents include
utilities and others pay a portion. Reduced Rent Exchanges involve
non-medical care such as helping with meals, shopping, cleaning,
companionship and doing errands. There are generally more rent
exchanges than reduced rent exchanges. Each person has their own space
and share common areas. Sometimes clients share a one bedroom unit with
one person taking the living room space and the other taking the
bedroom. After clients are interviewed by a HIP Housing coordinator,
clients are given referrals and contact potential housemates on their
own using a guide provided by the agency. HIP Housing’s Home Sharing
Coordinators help complete Living Together Agreements between
housemates and provide follow-up support.
2. What are the benefits of Home Sharing?
a home provider or home seeker, one of the reasons persons decide to
home share is because they find it difficult to afford housing costs on
their own. For those hoping to find an affordable or low-income housing
unit, they may encounter long or closed waiting lists. The reality of
getting low-income housing within a short period of time isn’t likely.
That’s why home sharing can be a unique housing option. Some clients
home share until they are able to find subsidized or low-income housing
while others choose home sharing as a way to keep their housing costs
affordable on a long-term basis.
home providers, with someone else living in the home they are able to
continue living in their own home and neighborhood. Additional benefits
of home sharing allow home providers to save money, put the extra
income toward other personal or housing expenses, experience a sense of
security, enjoy companionship and maintain independence.
market rents unattainable for many, home sharing gives home seekers an
affordable room in a home atmosphere. Many home sharers receive mutual
benefits of companionship and security, the opportunity to help the
home provider and being able to save money, reduce debt and keep
housing & utility costs affordable.
3. What type of client applies to the home sharing program?
Housing interviews clients of all walks of life including those who are
working, seniors, single parents, persons with disabilities, persons
exiting from a shelter, students and others who receive benefits such
as unemployment, TANF, retirement or disability income.
4. What information do we need from the person applying for home sharing?
are asked to provide proof of ID, names and phone numbers of three
persons they would like to use as a reference (preferably employment,
residence and personal) and proof of their income. Income information
is confidential and used only for statistical purposes. If you are
seeking housing, you will be required to provide a current or former
landlord or housemate as a reference. Provided the
information is available, HIP Housing will conduct a criminal
background search through Superior Court databases and a National Sex
Offender database check. Information obtained may disqualify someone
from the program or may require disclosure on the application and to
5. How long does it take to place someone in home sharing?
are encouraged to keep in regular contact with their home sharing
coordinator to receive referrals of potential housemates and then to
follow-up with the referrals given by returning calls and making
appointments to see potential housemates. The number of referrals given
to clients of potential housemates depends on a number of factors:
family size seeking housing, amount of rent charged/able to pay,
location, pets, smoking and other personal preferences. HIP Housing’s
staff will work with clients for the duration of the time they are
searching for a housemate whether the client finds a placement through
our agency or something on their own. HIP Housing cannot guarantee a
6. How long does the typical match last?
both parties are happy with the match & circumstances do not change
for either side, matches can last for many years, with great
friendships being formed. The average length of stay is nearly three
years with some matches lasting a shorter or longer period of time.
7. Do you match people of different ages, interests and genders?
Clients are asked to complete a questionnaire giving them the
opportunity to share with us their ideal home share arrangement,
personal characteristics and other factors regarding living with
another person. Clients have the opportunity to interview and select
their own housemate and to check the references of clients.
8. How do you complete a match?
two parties in a home sharing match are offered the opportunity to put
their understandings in writing by completing a Living Together
Agreement with the assistance of the housing counselor. Each
participant is encouraged to review the agreement periodically to make
any adjustments or changes. HIP Housing is available to help housemates
work through any issues or concerns once the housing arrangement
begins. If the match needs to end, each participant is expected to give
the other party a written notice as agreed upon in the Living Together
9. What can you do to help encourage persons to home share?
may not consider home sharing an option because they believe they can
find their own place, find a housemate on their own or may have had a
negative experience home sharing on their own. For those seeking
housing, finding independent housing may be a longer term goal and
clients should take into consideration their ability to pay a first and
last month’s rent and deposit, credit and debt situation and paying a
rent that may be beyond their means. For Home Providers, they may have
had a negative experience sharing with someone in the past. It’s
possible they were not provided with the guidance and support needed to
help make a successful shared living arrangement (i.e., how to
interview a housemate, checking references, completing a Living
Together Agreement, follow-up support). HIP Housing provides one-on-one
support to clients to help create a positive shared housing arrangement.
10. How do people apply to the Home Sharing Program?
can call our staff to discuss home sharing as a possibility for them.
Contact HIP Housing at 650-348-6660 for information and to schedule an
interview. The interview will last approximately 45 minutes and will
involve meeting with one of HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Coordinators to
complete an application and interview. HIP Housing has 4 offices
throughout San Mateo County and staff bilingual in Spanish.
11. Where are the offices located?
main office is at 800 S. Claremont in San Mateo. The Redwood City
office at the Fair Oaks Community Center is open on Tuesdays &
Thursdays. The South San Francisco Office at the Magnolia Senior Center
is open on Tuesdays. The Daly City Office at the Daly City Community
Center is open on Thursdays. Persons can call our main office at
650-348-6660 to schedule an appointment in any of our offices. It
doesn’t matter which office the client has their interview in. Each
housing coordinator has the same referrals. If a client is home bound,
a home visit will be arranged.
CALL HIP HOUSING (650) 348-6660 800 S. Claremont #210, San Mateo 94402 www.hiphousing.org
Home Sharing Program - HIP HousingHome Sharing Program – Housing Offered
Your spare room can change a life. Rent it with HIP Housing.
Housing is a non-profit, affordable housing organization in San Mateo
County. Do you have a spare room in your home or an ADU* for rent?
Contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660. Sample list of rooms as of
Furnished Studio in 5-bedroom 3-bath Daly City
home. The home is near the San Francisco border. There is a beautiful
view of the bay area from the outside patio. The home is within walking
distance of Public Transportation, and local conveniences such as
grocery stores, parks, and shopping are nearby. Highway 280 is less
than 5 minutes away. The owner is requesting $1500- per month, and
there is a $700- Security Deposit. Non-smoker, no pets, please. Ref# 1153
bedroom in Millbrae home. The home is located on a nice, quiet cul de
sac with no traffic. The bathroom is shared, and there is a laundry
facility available for your use. There is a dog in the home, so you
must like dogs. The home is within walking distance of public
transportation, grocery stores, neighborhood shops, and local parks.
BART and San Francisco Airport are nearby. The owner is requesting
$1,000- per month, and there is a $1,000- Security Deposit. Non-
smoker, no pets, please. Ref# 1247
downstairs Studio with separate entry in a large home for rent in
Beautiful San Mateo hills just minutes away from Belmont. The studio
has been recently upgraded with new interior paint and tile floor
coverings. There is a small kitchenette area which is used for meal
preparations with a refrigerator and microwave oven. You will have your
private outdoor deck with a lovely easterly view, which can be used for
sunning, reading, or relaxing. Hillsdale Mall and Cal Train are nearby.
The owner is requesting $1650- per month, utilities are included in the
rent and there is a $1650- Security Deposit. Non-smoker, no pets,
please. Ref# 1012
bedroom with semi-private bathroom available in Belmont apartment with
laundry facility. The quiet Apartment complex is located in a beautiful
Belmont neighborhood. Most conveniences are within walking distance of
public transportation, grocery store, shops, and restaurants. Cal
Trains, Highway 92, and 280 are nearby. The owners are requesting
$1200- per month, There is a $700- Security Deposit. Non-smoker, no
pets, please. Ref# 1100
furnished or unfurnished San Mateo bedroom with shared bathroom located
in quiet Baywood/Aragon neighborhood. There is a laundry facility
available for your use. The complex is within walking distance of
grocery stores, public transportation, shops, restaurants, and
neighborhood recreational areas. Hillsdale Mall is nearby. The owner is
$1300- per month, and there is an $1100- Security Deposit. Non-smoker, no pets, please.
bedroom with shared bathroom located in San Carlos Apartment. There is
a laundry facility available for your use, and a swimming pool, the
owner would consider an outside smoker. The unit is conveniently
located for most conveniences and is within walking distance of public
transportation, grocery store, restaurants, and local shops on Laurel
Street. The owner is requesting $1100- per month, and there is an
$1100- Security Deposit. Non-smoker, no pets, please.
bedroom with a private bathroom available in a 4-bedroom 2-bath home in
the city of San Mateo. The monthly rent is $1650 with a $500 deposit.
Home sharer will have access to the laundry and kitchen. The ideal
housemate likes quiet, cats, and does not smoke. The home provider
would prefer no additional pets. Home provider uses the kitchen heavily
and is most of the time. The home is located near a shopping plaza and
public transportation in addition to easy access to highways 101 and
Home Sharing Self-Sufficiency for Families Property Development
Thank you for referring your clients, friends, family, neighbors, employees, and others
*ADU stands for “Accessory Dwelling Unit”
El Programa de Compartimiento de Vivienda – Viviendas Ofrecidas
Su cuarto disponible puede cambiar una vida. Alquílalo con HIP Housing.
Housing es una organización sin fines de lucro de viviendas asequibles
en el condado de San Mateo. ¿Tiene un cuarto en su hogar o segunda
unidad para alquilar?
Contacte HIP Housing a 650-348-6660 o visite hiphousing.org.
Lista parcial de cuartos disponibles en Enero 2023
amueblado en Daly City, casa de 5 habitaciones y 3 baños. La casa está
cerca de la frontera de San Francisco. Hay una hermosa vista de la zona
de la bahía desde el patio exterior. La casa se encuentra a poca
distancia del transporte público y las comodidades locales, como
supermercados, parques y tiendas, están cerca. La autopista 280 está a
menos de 5 minutos. El propietario solicita $ 1500 por mes y hay un
depósito de seguridad de $ 700. No fumador, no mascotas, por favor.
Un dormitorio amueblado en una casa en Millbrae. La casa
está ubicada en una bonita y tranquila calle sin salida o mucho
tráfico. El baño es compartido y hay una lavandería disponible para su
uso. Hay un perro en la casa, así que le deben gustar los perros. La
casa se encuentra a poca distancia del transporte público,
supermercados, tiendas del vecindario y parques locales. BART y el
aeropuerto de San Francisco están cerca. El propietario solicita $
1,000 por mes y hay un depósito de seguridad de $ 1,000. No fumador, no
mascotas, por favor. Ref# 1247
Estudio en la planta baja sin
amueblar con entrada independiente en una casa grande en alquiler en
las hermosas colinas de San Mateo, a solo minutos de Belmont. El
estudio se actualizó recientemente con pintura interior nueva y
revestimientos de pisos de baldosas. Hay una pequeña zona de cocina que
se utiliza para la preparación de comidas con nevera y horno
microondas. Tendrá su terraza privada al aire libre con una hermosa
vista del este, que se puede usar para tomar el sol, leer o relajarse.
Hillsdale Mall y Cal Train están cerca. El propietario solicita $ 1650
por mes, los servicios públicos están incluidos en el alquiler y hay un
depósito de seguridad de $ 1650. No fumador, no mascotas, por favor.
Habitación sin amueblar con baño semiprivado disponible en
un apartamento en Belmont con lavandería. El tranquilo complejo de
apartamentos está ubicado en un hermoso vecindario de Belmont. La
mayoría de las comodidades se encuentran a poca distancia del
transporte público, supermercados, tiendas y restaurantes. Cal Trains,
Highway 92 y 280 están cerca. Los propietarios solicitan $ 1200 por
mes, hay un depósito de seguridad de $ 700. No fumador, no mascotas,
por favor. Ref# 1100
Amplia habitación en una casa en San Mateo
amueblada o sin amueblar con baño compartido ubicada en el tranquilo
vecindario de Baywood/Aragon. Hay una instalación de lavandería
disponible para su uso. El complejo se encuentra a poca distancia de
los supermercados, transporte público, tiendas, restaurantes y áreas
recreativas del vecindario. El centro comercial Hillsdale está cerca.
El propietario solicita $ 1300 por mes y hay un depósito de seguridad
de $ 1100. No fumador, no mascotas, por favor.Ref# 1102
amueblar con baño compartido ubicada en un Apartamento en San Carlos.
Hay una instalación de lavandería disponible para su uso y una piscina,
el propietario consideraría un fumador externo. La unidad está
convenientemente ubicada para la mayoría de las comodidades y se
encuentra a poca distancia del transporte público, supermercados,
restaurantes y tiendas locales en Laurel Street. El propietario
solicita $ 1100 por mes y hay un depósito de seguridad de $ 1100. No se
permite fumar, ni mascotas, por favor. Ref# 1249
amoblada con baño privado disponible en casa de 4 recámaras y 2 baños
en la ciudad de San Mateo. El alquiler mensual es de $1650 con un
depósito de $500. Quien comparte la casa tendrá acceso a la lavandería
y la cocina. Al compañero de casa ideal le gusta la tranquilidad, los
gatos y no fuma. El proveedor de la casa preferiría no tener mascotas
adicionales. El proveedor del hogar usa mucho la cocina y está la mayor
parte del tiempo. La casa está ubicada cerca de una plaza comercial y
transporte público, además de un fácil acceso a las autopistas 101 y 92.
de Viviendas Programa de Autosuficiencia para Familias Desarrollo
de Propiedades Gracias por referir sus clientes, amigos, familia,
vecinos, empleados, y otros.
Home Sharing Program – Persons Seeking
Housing is a non-profit, affordable housing organization in San Mateo
County. If you are seeking a housemate, this is a sample list of
persons seeking housing as of January 2023
Please contact HIP Housing at 650-348-6660 for more information or visit www.hiphousing.org
non-smoker is seeking a furnished or unfurnished bedroom in any of the
cities between San Bruno and San Carlos. The home seeker says the
commute is expensive and would like to find a room closer to their
place of employment in San Mateo. The home seeker can afford up to
$1800- per month and hopes to find a housemate who cleans up after
themselves and are friendly, calm, respectful trustworthy, kind, and
They are respectful, and kind likes to take long walks, and love gardening and volunteering. Ref# 6502
non-smoker is looking for a clean quiet, furnished, or unfurnished
bedroom anywhere in the county including the coastal cities. They say
they can afford up to $1,000-. They have been renting a room in Daly
City for the past 4 years. The owner has a family member who is ill and
will be needing the room back soon, so time is of the essence. They
would like to find a kind, thoughtful person. They say they are quiet
and busy. Ref# 6501
non-smoker looking for an unfurnished in-law unit or studio in any of
the cities from Burlingame to Belmont. The Home seeker says they would
be able to pay up to $1800- per month. They say they’ve been living
here in San Mateo with their brother for the past 3 years, the brother
has obtained employment in another state and will be moving out of
their unit soon. The home seeker cannot afford the rent and will need
to vacate soon. They are looking for a respectful homeowner, they say
they are clean, responsible, and quiet. When they are not working
Monday through Friday, they are visiting with friends and family
members on the weekend. Ref# 6499
non-smoker is looking for a furnished or unfurnished bedroom for him
and his small dog, who is well- behaved and gets along with other dogs
and cats. The home seeker says his relationship is ending and they will
have to move out soon. They are looking throughout the whole county
including the coastal cities and can afford up to $1400- per month. The
home seeker would like to find a housemate who is thoughtful, kind, and
open-minded. The home seeker says they are organized, clean, quiet, and
loves taking long walks with their pet and reading. Ref# 6489
non-smoker looking for a furnished or unfurnished bedroom with a
private bathroom. The client is looking in any of the cities between
Millbrae and Redwood City and can afford up to $1400- per month. The
client just moved here from Camarillo to work in San Mateo where she
recently started working. They are staying in an AirBnB and are amazed
at the prices for housing here. She would like to find a housemate who
is quiet and respectful. They say they are quiet, organized, very busy
during the week, and loves taking walks and visiting with friends on
the weekend. Ref# 6476
non-smoker looking for a furnished or unfurnished bedroom. The home
seeker is looking in any of the cities between Daly City and San Mateo
and can afford up to $1100- per month. The home seeker would like a
cleaner place to live in which is why they are looking for a new place.
Would like to find a housemate who is open, friendly, and helps clean
after themselves. They spend most of their time working. Ref# 6509
Home Sharing Self-Sufficiency for Families Property Development
Thank you for referring your home seekers, friends, family, neighbors, employees, and others