SHARE! Collaborative Housing

SHARE! Collaborative Housing is a public-private partnership providing affordable, permanent supportive housing to disabled people in single-family houses throughout Los Angeles County.

People with similar issues, such as vets, mental health consumers, people with diabetes, trauma issues, etc. live like college roommates, each paying approximately $600 or less monthly in a fully-furnished house. The Collaborative Housing Homeowner furnishes the house, pays all utilities, does not collect a Security Deposit and does not require resident to pay for a credit or background check. Residents pay rent from their disability checks or other income directly to the Homeowner.

SHARE! has been referring to Collaborative Housing in Los Angeles since November 2005 and currently offers more than 100 houses in the Los Angeles Area. This project is supported by the L.A. County Department of Mental Health.

For more information, call 1-877-SHARE-49 (toll-free) or (310) 846-5271 today. Housing referrals are made from 1 to 3 pm weekdays by phone, or walk in to SHARE! Culver City or SHARE! Downtown for a referral in person.



  • Desire to live in a friendly environment
  • Desire to live in a good neighborhood
  • SSI or other income
  • Willing to attend at least 3 self-help support groups per week
  • Willingness to help with chores
  • Willingness to share a room with a roommate of your choice
  • Desire to have a job or volunteer


  • Affordable housing
  • More money in your budget
  • Support system
  • Self-help recovery program
  • Garden
  • Warm, family environment


If your house is accepted to the Collaborative Housing Program, you will receive $1,000 more per month than the market rate for your house. In exchange, you will furnish the house, pay all utilities, not collect a Security Deposit nor run a credit check, and join an owners association that regularly inspects the houses to ensure quality.

SHARE! provides tenant referrals to the house, responds to any tenant problems in a timely manner, visits regularly to help with tenant needs and insures that the house is properly run. Tenants attend weekly support groups, help with neighborhood projects and provide support for other residents.

Los Angeles Times article — (link)

PDF Download:  SHARE!_Collaborative_Housing_Brochure

Word Document Download:  SHARE!_Collaborative_Housing_Program _ Description

Collaborative Houses must:

  • Meet quality, health, safety, and ethical standards.
  • Have on-going timely, voluntary linkages to service
  • Be democratically self-managed as a family.
  • Promote recovery enthusiasm, including participation in self-help groups as well as employment, education, and/or volunteering.
  • Develop and practice Good Neighbor relations.
  • Have residents who can take care of themselves on a daily basis and be active in recovery.
  • Participate in a larger supportive network of housing
  • Emphasize self-sustainability of the residents within a supportive community environment.
  • Participate in regular trainings.


  • Lower vacancies
  • Increased income
  • Fewer Evictions
  • Help with tenants
  • Good citizen points
  • Training

As the House Owner, YOU will always have FINAL SAY on who moves into your house!

Want More Information?
Call 1-877-SHARE-49 or write


“All human beings are on a journey to find a home and a place to belong.” –Dr. Marvin Southard, former DMH Director

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