WHY SHARED HOUSING
There are over 1 million available bedrooms in Los Angeles. ALA Shared Housing converts spare rooms into affordable housing which allows the senior homeowner to age in place and for housing seekers to secure affordable rent.
HOW IT WORKS
ALA screens, matches, and monitors two people to share a home based on living preferences and compatibility. Arrangements may be rent or a combination of rent and daily living support such as cleaning, cooking, or transportation.
ALA has had 2,500 successful matches since our inception in 1978, with a match rate of 94%. The average duration is 2.5 years. Given the program’s myriad benefits, the popularity of Shared Housing as a housing option is growing for seniors.
ALA staff will help you find a reliable roommate who is offering (or looking for) a living situation compatible with yours. Shared Housing providers wishing to age in place and housing seekers seeking reduced rent are ideal candidates for Shared Housing. The service is free, other than a $15 pass-through background check fee.
ALA acts as an intermediary to screen both providers and seekers, match compatible roommates, execute a roommate agreement and monitor ongoing matches. ALA staff meet and screen candidates individually to determine lifestyle preferences, needs/wants, and financial stability.
Each individual has a private bedroom and joint use of the common areas.
Typically, housing providers are looking for someone who is considerate, independent, and involved in activities outside of the home.
You and ALA staff will determine the amount of rent you can afford based on your income and other expenses. Once the referral process begins, you’ll be referred only to those who are charging an amount in your price range. If you are not interested in providing services or are unable to due to your schedule, then you can expect to pay from $600-800. Rent is paid directly to the housing provider.
Our rule of thumb is that the range should be $600-$800 if a strictly financial arrangement, and less if you wish to receive services based on the type of assistance and hours needed. Rent should not be more than half of the total rent/mortgage.
ALA strongly recommends individuals enter a temporary trial period before making a match permanent and signing a contract. The trial period can range from 2 weeks to one month. No rent is exchanged and individuals use the time to determine if they want to sign a contract to live together.
Individuals are encouraged to work with an ALA housing counselor to resolve issues with their home sharer. If every attempt has been made to salvage the relationship and the living situation is still not working, we recommend giving your housemate 30 days notice to find a new place. This is a common courtesy that allows each party time to make other arrangements. Both parties are welcome to return to ALA for more referrals.