Communal Living: House Sharing In Later Life

Communal Living: House Sharing In Later Life

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
6:00 – 7:30PM


  • Co-living programs offer alternatives to aging in place, alone.
  • Rent, specifically in California, has reached all time highs: a one bedroom apartment is, on average, $3500/month.
  • At UC Berkeley, rent is higher on average than at all other public universities. The school houses the least number of their students compared with other public universities.
  • The average Social Security benefit is $1400/month, and some live on much less.

“We can’t build our way out of this housing crisis,” said Karen Coppock.

  • Co-living is mutually beneficial, not on only a financial level, but also on a social level.

“Companionship was a big motivator – it was bigger on the side of students,”said Cary Sweeney

  • Co-living offers companionship for both parties and a built-in support system, which contributes to the well-being of all involved.
  • The UC Berkeley Retirement Center serves 17,00 seniors, most of whom live near campus.
  • There are 40+ home-matching programs in the country and several in California, including our partners Covia and the UC Berkeley Senior Center.

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