San Luis Obispo County

HomeshareSLO provides help during tough SLO County housing crunch

HomeshareSLO provides help during...

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - Life doesn't always turn out as planned, at least that's what happened to seniors Henry Trosset and Janet Stanley, former strangers now living together. 

Janet was engaged to be married when things started going in the opposite direction. "All that romance when you're older - especially when you're starting in your 70's, seems a little bit backwards but it didn't work out and I really thought that I was just gonna stay with him and live with him in that particular house the rest of my life," she explains.   

So Stanley's kids stepped in and found a new organization called HomeShare SLO, where 88 year old Henry Yrosset was listing his home to help with finances. 

Trosset says it's easier for him to just continue living in his home than going to a senior center, telling us: "When I heard they charge $6,000 a month in these super senior centers, no way." 

Janet now rents a room in Henry's three bedroom, nearly three thousand square foot home in Atascadero.

The folks at HomeShare SLO say they go through a very thorough process to make sure everything is safe and secure for the renter and home provider.

"Security is a huge part of why we formed the non-profit program to help provide a level of security. We can't completely eliminate risk but we can minimize it," Anne Wyatt, Program Coordinator of HomeShare SLO explains.  

One of the ways they do that is doing compatibility checks to ensure both parties will get along in the home.

For Henry and Janet, they both like to talk. 

"We could have days of conversation about Europe about what and where and so that's really fun for he and I cause we don't get bored of any of it," Janet says. 

"My children said: "Dad! If you ruin that with your much talking to that lady - I will never forgive you," says Henry.  

Now the pair not only have a new roommate but a new friend to help them navigate through this new chapter in life.

If you're interested in learning more about the program, HomeShare SLO is hosting a "Coffee Chat" on August 9th at 10:30 in the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo as well as an event on August 31st at the SLO Senior Center.  You can call them at 805-215-5474

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