City of Concord California


News Release



March 1, 2018

Matching service is win-win for home owners and home seekers

The Home Share Contra Costa program connects home owners and home seekers. The program matches Concord homeowners who are over age 55 and who want to share their residences with home seekers who are over age 18 and live, work or go to school in Contra Costa County and have an annual income under $61,380.

Home owners benefit from extra income, security, companionship, and sometimes even help around the house. In this era of limited rental opportunities, home seekers are provided with another option for housing.

Last year, the Concord City Council approved this pilot program through the local non-denominational non-profit Episcopal Senior Communities to launch Home Share Contra Costa.

Program staff provides matching services for shared housing including: outreach, applicant screening with background checks, reference checks, in-person interviews, home visits, written living together agreements, and on-going mediation and counseling to create long-term successful shared living arrangements.

According to the Director of Senior Resources for Episcopal Senior Communities, Annette Balter, "Home sharing is a win-win for both older homeowners, who are looking for extra income or just someone to say good morning to, and for people who need a safe, affordable place to live in the community close to their jobs or school. The magic is in the match."

The program is based in the Consultation Room at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, and is open Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact staff at (925) 451-9890 or visit www.jtm-esc.org/home-share-program.



City of Concord CA