Berkeley Home Match

Berkeley Home Match: A ‘nimble’ housing solution for students and retirees

March 9, 2020

Edith Carrigan and José Manuel Redondo Hidalgo are part of a pilot program, Berkeley Home Match, which connects UC Berkeley retiree homeowners with Berkeley students looking for housing with rent under the market rate.

When UC Berkeley visiting scholar José Manuel Redondo Hidalgo was looking for housing in the Bay Area, he was blown away at the cost of living.

“I couldn’t believe...

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.”....


A (Home) Match made in Heaven - North Gate Radio

March 14, 2019

An innovative new housing program being tested this spring at UC Berkeley has two goals: create affordable housing, and help unlikely roommate pairs find each other.

Through an extensive matching process, Berkeley Home Match connects graduate students looking for housing with retired Cal staff and faculty members who have the space.

Jesse Clements reports on this unusual collaboration between the UCB Retirement Center, ...

UC Berkeley Retirement Center pilots home-sharing program for retirees, graduate students - The California Aggie

March 17, 2019

Home Match as a housing solution that could be explored for Davis

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center has started a program where retired UC Berkeley faculty can provide housing to UC Berkeley graduate students. So far, three pairs of students and retirees have been matched through the Home Match pilot program, and the pilot hopes to match three more. The vision is that the program will be mutually beneficial, saving students 10 percent in rent and offering retirees support to stay in their homes longer, with the center and its resources present to assist both parties...

A new solution to the student housing crisis: retiree roommates? - CALmatters

January 31, 2019

Finding housing was one of the first challenges Alyssa Mathiowetz faced as a new graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley. She landed a room in a shared house near campus, but it came with a steep price tag: $1,500 a month.

“It’s definitely on the expensive side,” said the PhD student in metabolic biology.

Mathiowetz’s rent could soon decrease, however, thanks to a new homesharing program that matches graduate students looking for housing with retirees who have extra space in their homes. Its organizers hope the program will...