But Schaaf won't be signing up her own home anytime soon. She says she doesn't own rental property or a secondary unit, and has no space for tenants in the house she shares with her husband and two children.
"Someday, if our living circumstances change, it's something I would consider," Schaaf said.
Oakland has one potential landlord in William Shuford, who uses Airbnb to rent out an extra bedroom in his Lake Merritt house. The 40-year-old relies on the money he makes through Airbnb -- as much as $1,000 a month -- to help pay his rent, but he's willing to sacrifice that income to help the city's homeless. Even so, he's not without concerns.
"There's a fear associated with the desperation that comes along with homelessness," Shuford said. "If you think neighbors are worried about young college kids throwing a party and leaving beer cans all over the lawn -- if the neighbors knew that you were housing homeless families in their close proximity, I think that NIMBY will come out in a lot of people."
(Staff writer David DeBolt contributed to this article.)
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