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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOME SHARING PROGRAM

 

1.                How does home sharing work?

HIP 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.

Home 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.

In 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?

Whether 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.

For 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.

With 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?

HIP 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?

Applicants 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 potential housemates.

5.                How long does it take to place someone in home sharing?

Clients 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 housemate placement.

 

6.                How long does the typical match last?

If 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?

Yes. 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?

The 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 Agreement.

9.                What can you do to help encourage persons to home share?

People 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?

Persons 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?

The 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 Housing

Home Sharing Program – Housing Offered
Your spare room can change a life. Rent it with HIP Housing.
HIP 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 January 2023


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

Furnished 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

Unfurnished 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

Unfurnished 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

Large 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 requesting
$1300- per month, and there is an $1100- Security Deposit. Non-smoker, no pets, please.
Ref# 1102

Unfurnished 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.
Ref# 1249


Furnished 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 92. #1252

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.
HIP 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

Estudio 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. Ref#1153
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. Ref#1012
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
Recámara sin 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
Una recámara 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.
Ref#1252


Compartimiento 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
HIP 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
A 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 honest.
They are respectful, and kind likes to take long walks, and love gardening and volunteering. Ref# 6502

A 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

A 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

A 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

A 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

A 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





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