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* San Juan County News *

Posted on: June 4, 2018

Potential Affordable Housing Solution Seeks Community Feedback

Housing advocates across San Juan County are exploring the feasibility of launching a HomeShare Program to address some of the housing issues in the county. The program, administered through the resource centers, will facilitate roommate matches between Home Providers and Home Seekers. Similar programs have been successful in many communities in Washington State and across the nation. We are asking for the public’s input to gauge the feasibility of and interest in this program in San Juan County. Please complete the short survey linked at the end of this release.

San Juan HomeShare aims to utilize a community-based solution to alleviate the affordable housing crisis and provide some extra care to our aging population. Home Seekers are compassionate individuals or couples who may be struggling to find affordable housing, and in some cases are willing to assist with household chores, yardwork, or running errands. Home Providers are flexible individuals, couples, or families who have an extra room or available guesthouse for someone to reside in comfortably. Home Providers may also be households who need some assistance with housework or day-to-day tasks, or that need a little extra supplemental income.

This program is a low-maintenance program that fosters a sense of community and provides companionship, security, and stability to all participants. The program will run preliminary background checks, offer resources for roommate relations, and complete occasional check-in's on the participants.

What do you think about this program? Please complete the short survey to let us know your thoughts:

For more information, please contact Abby Anderson, Housing and Asset Coordination VISTA at

San Juan County Health & Community Services

C/O Abby Anderson, Housing and Asset Coordination VISTA

P.O. Box 607

Friday Harbor, WA 98250