(Well, maybe a little.) But we are passionate entrepreneurs dedicated to the vitality and viability of our communities.
We're working on one significant way people can make a big difference and show up for each other: by becoming housemates.
Here’s the real story. On the one hand, there’s a huge housing crisis. Let’s be straight about it -- the housing crisis is everyone’s problem. It not only impacts people who can’t find homes, it also impacts, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities. That's you, me and us. People are being priced out and are leaving in droves. Here in the Bay Area, more than 44% of people polled said they were planning to leave.
On the other hand, there’s the high cost of living. Many people who have homes today (renters and owners) are also having a hard time making ends meet. These folks could use the extra income renting a spare room can bring. Families are busy, single parents need an extra pair of hands, boomers might be struggling with upkeep, and seniors can feel more secure and less isolated when someone is home with them.
Roomily matches home providers with spare rooms and renters looking for more affordable rent. By bartering for services such as gardening, pet care or driving, additional reduction in rent can be offered. Home providers earn extra income and renters save money.
By creating a convenient and safe way for finding and keeping a compatible housemate, we’re on a mission to reframe the housing discussion. By bringing otherwise untapped resources —spare rooms— to market and working hand-in-hand with local partners, we’re keeping communities strong, one home at a time.
We hope you join us!
Siggy Rubinson & Jill Lindenbaum, Co-Founders