Homesharing Initiative Offers Solutions for Those Seeking to Reduce Housing Costs in the South Bay
In the wake of a pandemic altering lifestyles and economic realities for millions of Americans, a partnership between the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) and Silvernest, an online service that matches homeowners who have rooms for rent with tenants seeking housing, aspires to reduce homelessness by providing a housing resource in the South Bay.
The program called Home Share South Bay was created through Measure H Innovation Funds, which take aim at homelessness prevention in Los Angeles County.
How Home Share South Bay Works
Home Share South Bay, through the Silvernest online platform, updates the age-old concept of homesharing. Through this program, compatible homeowners and renters find each other. Once a homeowner and home seeker list their profiles with Silvernest, the site provides support throughout the homesharing journey. It does this by screening their compatibility based on personal preferences. Rent is negotiated and can be reduced in exchange for household services.
It’s free to sign up, match and message on the Silvernest site. COVID-19 protocols are included and addressed in the matching process.
For more information on the Home Share South Bay program visit: homesharesouthbay.org or contact Laurie Jacobs at [email protected]
LA County Homeless Rates Rise, While South Bay Sees Slight Drop in Homelessness since 2020, Data Shows
According to The Point in Time 2022 Homeless Count published September 8, 2022:
- The South Bay’s unsheltered population was more than 4,400–a less than 2% drop compared to 2020 (the last time the count was conducted)
- 1,582 South Bay seniors 55+ were experiencing homelessness, a jump of 42% from 2020
- Overall homelessness went up by 41% in Los Angeles County