Sunshine Home Share Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$35,257 raised by 417 donors

100% complete

$25,000 Goal

Here in Denver, we’re seeing housing prices consistently rise. Housing has become unaffordable for an increasing number of people, everyday people, like you and me. We need solutions for the housing crisis. 

Home is one of the most basic things that every human being needs. A home is more than a roof over your head: it’s a place where you feel safe, supported, and at ease—a place where you can fully be yourself. 

One match at a time, Sunshine is thoughtfully creating partnerships that bring everyone home. 

Sunshine Home Share offers a unique solution to two persistent challenges: the housing crisis and our aging population. We match folks experiencing housing insecurity with homeowners who are in need of a little extra support. This win-win solution gives the “home-seeker” a safe place to live at an affordable price and the “home-provider” a little extra income, support with home upkeep, and the security of having a second person in their home. 

See our home share program in action in a recent article in the Denver Gazette!

Help Coloradans find home this holiday season with a donation to Sunshine Home Share. 

Mission

Sunshine’s mission is to promote aging at home through care management and a safe home-sharing model, generating income and providing support for older adults while accessing untapped affordable housing and resources for home seekers.

Background Statement

Sunshine Home Share Colorado (Sunshine), founded in 2015 by Alison Joucovsky, licensed geriatric care manager, is leading the way in aging-in-place solutions for seniors in Colorado. With 25 years of experience as a senior advocate and aging-in-community program director, Joucovsky's concern over how to meet the needs of our skyrocketing senior population, which is expected to live longer and more independently than previous generations, crystallized into an innovative solution that is modeled after successful home share efforts around the country. Joucovsky's own research of 65 programs nationally and input from two local area focus groups led to Sunshine's formation. Sunshine is the only nonprofit home sharing program in the state that specifically targets seniors over age 55.

After establishing the organization as a 501(c)(3) public charity in 2015, Joucovsky and her team of committed volunteers spent 2016 testing the program design, seeking input from program participants, families and community organizations to make modifications to ensure successful matches. The organization receives a generous in-kind donation of office space from the Dominican Home Health Agency. Sunshine is currently working to build capacity through funding, community partnerships, marketing and outreach, etc., as it implements its first shared housing matches. In 2016, the organization implemented a customized database to track program activities and client outcomes. Sunshine is a placement host site for the University of Denver and Metro State's Master's in Social Work program, which provides social work interns who assist with client intake. Joucovsky serves on the National Shared Housing Resource Center board, which shares best practices. Sunshine has been able to transition from a volunteer run organization to a paid staff of three and is experiencing growth.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Sunshine Home Share Colorado

other names

Sunshine

Year Established

2016

Tax id (EIN)

47-4717607

Category

Housing & Shelter

Organization Size

Medium Organization

Address

2501 North Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80205

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US