Home Sharing Match Up Program

We are a local nonprofit that will facilitate safe home shares for homeowners with extra space in their home with renters who need an affordable place to live in Napa County.

For more information call: (707) 253-6157
Blanca Cervantes, Home Sharing Coordinator Email: Blanca@nvch.org  
Marlene Santiago, Director of Resident Services Email: Marlene@nvch.org  


Home Sharing Flyer - English

Home Sharing Flyer - Spanish

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Press Release

SOLVING NAPA’S HOUSING CRISIS, ONE MATCH AT A TIME

NVCH’S Home Sharing Match Up program, a role model for other Northern California organizations NAPA, CA March 6, 2019 – The housing crisis is real and Napa is no exception. Approximately half of Napa County renters are cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs. As a result, households often have to choose between paying rent or buying the basics such as food, clothing and medicine. (Source: 2018 Napa County Community Health Assessment)

In partnership with The City of Napa and Napa County, Napa Valley Community Housing’s (NVCH) Home Sharing Match-Up Program helps to alleviate Napa’s housing crunch. NVCH created and manages the Home Sharing Match-Up program which matches Home Seekers with people who have extra space in their home (Home Providers). This service is FREE to both Providers and Seekers. Results to date

44 matches
89 participants
322 clients interviewed
1559 citizens served through incoming inquiries
105 outreach events

Based on its success, the Home Sharing Task Force of Sonoma Valley, the City of Sacramento, the Senior Coalition of Solano County, and Placer County Community Development have reached out to NVCH to learn more about our program: how did the program start? Who funds it? What do participants need to do? What support does a sponsoring organization provide?

For the 89 participants in the Home Sharing Program, it means the world. Home Seekers have a safe and affordable place to call home and for Home Providers, it can fill an empty and lonely space in one’s life and home, and provide additional income.

Nancy and Cathy found each other through the Home Sharing Program. Nancy, a widow and senior, works as a hair stylist and, to make extra income, is a pet sitter. She considered being a Home Provider, as it would provide additional income, but was concerned about privacy and sharing her home with a stranger. Cathy had left an abusive relationship, was single and essentially homeless. NVCH arranged and participated in a meeting for Nancy and Cathy who found their common ground - they are both hair stylists -and discovered how they could help one another.