Berkeley program puts students seeking housing in the homes of older adults

December 2, 2019

By Robin Estrin, Berkeleyside

Marcia Garcia, 29, moved to the Bay Area in August, admitted to UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy for a master’s degree. Searching for housing, she quickly learned that options were scarce—and expensive. But thanks to a new program that pairs up graduate students and University retirees with room to spare, she found something affordable: a first-floor bedroom with its own entrance, in a house owned by Cal alumna Linda Artel.

“I like it,” said Garcia over tea with Artel on a recent evening. “It feels like home.”....

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