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.
Click the links below for resources recommended by panelists:
- Information on Home Match Programs
- Berkeley program puts students seeking housing in the homes of older adults
- Berkeley Home Match: A ‘nimble’ housing solution for students and retirees
- General Resources from Berkeley Home Match