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The Area 1 Agency on Aging is offering “The Nest” homesharing support services program to assist seniors in our community to live independently in their homes. This program provides services to support both the home provider and the home seeker.

Homesharing is a living arrangement where two unrelated people share the homeowner’s dwelling. Each person has their own private space while sharing certain common areas in exchange for rent, services, or both. There are a variety of homesharing arrangements and no two are alike; each is tailored to the needs and desires of the individual people involved.

This program offers support by way of informational handouts, meetings, workshops, events, and referrals to services. These tools are designed to help you start homesharing for yourself and all decisions regarding the homesharing arrangements are the responsibility of the individual people involved.

Housemate matching, background screening, and lease creation services are available through and are not affiliated with the Area 1 Agency on Aging. At this time, A1AA does not provide housemate matching, background screening, or house visits.

For further questions, contact Information & Assistance at or call 707-442-3763.

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Introduction to Homesharing Booklet

This is a good place to start to learn a few basic of what homesharing and what it is not. This booklet is meant to be used for reference purposes only and is not intended to be used for legal or financial advice.

• PDF icon A1AA The Nest - Info Booklet.pdf

Other Homesharing Match Programs outside of Humboldt County

Here are just a couple examples of homesharing programs in other communities that offer matching and follow-up services. This is what a full-service homesharing match program could look like. A1AA does not offer these services directly at this time.

Ventura Homeshare

A homesharing program found in Southern California.

PDF icon HomeShare Information Booklet - Feb 2016.pdf

HomeShare Vermont

A homesharing program found in South Burlington, Vermont.

• PDF icon HomesharingGuide_0.pdf

Other Resources

Sharing Housing by Annamarie Pluhar

Annamarie has been sharing housing for over twenty and wrote the book on homesharing called “Sharing Housing: A Guidebook to Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.” Check out her blog on the website for more helpful tips and heartwarming stories of successful homesharers.

National Shared Housing Resource Center

A clearinghouse of information for people looking to learn more about homesharing.


An online house sharing service pairing homeowners with pre-qualified housemates. Offers background screening, matching, lease creation, and automated rent payment tools.

Homeshare Central  or 707-362-8000

Offers regularly scheduled FREE, LIVE, telephone-based conversations about homesharing. Talk to others with similar questions and concerns, learn techniques for making the most of homesharing, or bring up your own issues.

The Roommate Coach

Information and techniques for homesharers and others wanting to make their living situations work as well as possible. Individual and group coaching services are also available.