San Francisco has a new and creative solution to its affordable housing problem

By Amiel Leaño Atanacio 

In one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, finding an affordable home has become very difficult for San Francisco’s low- and moderate-income households.  The City’s housing stock lags behind high demand, necessitating creative solutions to our housing crisis.  This is where Home Match comes in.    

Home Match offers an innovative way to increase affordable housing opportunities by maximizing existing housing stock in the City.  Funded by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the program provides a platform to connect home seekers with homeowners willing to offer accommodations.  This home sharing arrangement takes advantage of underutilized living spaces in homes across the City and opens them up as available housing.  Participating homeowners will have an additional source of income, companionship and potential household assistance, while home seekers gain access to affordable housing.  It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties!

Home Match serves as a more secure alternative to other home sharing arrangements by ensuring that all homeowners and home sharers are properly screened and pass a background check.  Home Match connects compatible homeowners and home seekers based on their living styles, personalities, and attitudes around home sharing, and arranges meetings to make sure they are a good fit for each other.  They even help draw up a housing agreement for all parties and provide mediation services in the event of any issues. Best of all, Home Match’s services are free to those who qualify for the program.  For home seekers, this means being 18 years or older and living, working, or attending school in San Francisco.  Additionally, the home seeker’s gross income cannot exceed 90% of the area median income.  For homeowners to qualify, they must be able to provide proof of property ownership and must reside in the home. 

Affordability and availability are among the biggest issues of the housing crisis, and Home Match seeks to fill in some of that gap.  To learn more about the program, visit Home Match or call 415-351-1000.

If you're an interested homeowner, come to an information session on Tuesday, May 16th at St. Anne of the Sunset: 1390 14th Avenue, Room 1390 from 5:30-7:00PM