The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00208

Submission Number:
00208
Commenter:
Linda Johnson
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Yes, hosting guest with Airbnb is helping my family in a tremendous way. My husband Joe is retired and has been disabled since 56 years old and is now 74. We have struggled financially as I have been the main bread-winner of our family and as you know, women make 77 cents on the dollar men earn. My daughter shared with me how a friend of her's living in Los Angeles, California earned money through Airbnb by letting (renting) her apartment on a short-term basis and how it might also help me. So, last December 2014 while I was in California to see my new grand-baby for the first time and visit my family, my daughter and I set my account with Airbnb. Since then, I have had three guests, and the money has helped us to pay for medicine, and outstanding bills. We have so many things we can do with the extra money like repair our garage door and replace the backyard fence. I could go on and on about how the extra money earned through Airbnb will help us, but I think enough is said for you to understand, people need options to gain financial stability for their family. Airbnb is certainly an avenue for my family to participate in a shared economy where we can gain more financial stability for our family.