Share Your Home
As a homeowner or renter who is offering an available room for rent through Home Match (“home provider”), you must:
● Live in a Home Match program county: Contra Costa, Alameda (Cities of Fremont, Union City & Newark only), Marin County, or San Francisco,
● Reside in your home and affirm permission to share your home,
● Complete our Home Provider Application (San Francisco participants please use this version), which can be downloaded or mailed to your address, by request, and
● Pass a criminal & tenant history background check and provide references.
Please note that Home Match does not arrange any hands-on, personal, or medical care.
For program requirements regarding criminal, financial, and tenant histories, please refer to our Eligibility Policy, or contact us directly with any questions.
How It Works
1. Get In Touch
Thank you for your interest in Home Match! We look forward to discussing your interest in home-sharing and our services.
2. Meet Our Staff
Schedule a home visit with our staff (30 min up to 2 hrs), in which we will tour your home, walk through your Home Provider Application, and complete required screenings (see FAQ for details). Due to ongoing precautions regarding COVID-19, home visits are currently offered virtually, only.
3. Find Your Match
Staff present your potential matches based on factors such as budget, location, and lifestyle. Get to know candidates by phone, videoconference and/or in-person, then swap references.
4. Sign Your Agreement
Staff moderate a discussion for you and your match using our Living Together Agreement. Our home-sharing specific template includes a guided conversation about the details of daily shared living, and communication best practices.
5. Stay In Touch
Staff check in around move-in day, around the end of the first month, then every few months as needed. You are welcome to contact us with any questions or mediation needs.
How long does it take to find a match?
From start to finish, the matching process for a home provider typically takes between two weeks and two months, depending on your timeline and needs.
What are the required screenings?
During your home visit, staff will review your Home Provider Application as well as verify your photo ID. Staff will also collect your authorization for a background check screening.
Does the background check screening impact my credit score?
No. It is a soft check that pulls criminal history over the past seven years, as well as tenant history such as bankruptcies, liens, judgments, evictions, etc. There is no cost to the participant.
Is there a fee to participate?
There is no cost to participate in Home Match!
What type of agreement is used?
Home Match offers an agreement template specific to home-sharing, called the Living Together Agreement (LTA). The LTA includes Terms & Conditions, as well as a staff-facilitated discussion about the arrangements of sharing a home, day-to-day, and communication best-practices. Many participants opt for a month-to-month agreement.
Can I join Home Match to fill a rental property?
Participants offering a room must currently live in that same residence. Home Match is unable to provide matching for fully vacant rental properties.
What is a service exchange?
A service exchange is an optional arrangement in which a home seeker helps a home provider with household activities—such as cooking meals, running errands, or walking the dog—in exchange for a further reduced rent. Home Match does not arrange any hands-on, personal, or medical care; as such, Home Match is not an alternative to in-home care.