The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00264

Submission Number:
00264
Commenter:
Susan McKeeth
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have worked in Public Health Science Research for over 14 years. When government budget cut funding to research I lost my job. I went on unemployment and I lost a house to foreclosure. In order to not become homeless and to be able to afford to pay the rent on the rental property in which I lived, I opened my doors to strangers-turned-friends from all over the world by signing up for airbnb.com. The people who stayed with me could not afford expensive hotel accommodations, but were still stimulating our economy with their travel funds. I had a steady flow of guests while I was going to school to try and find work in another field. Hotels are owned by corporations, homes are owned by good old folks willing to share and circulate the vast resources available as long as the government doesn't take everything away from the people to accommodate the wealthy and stock holders of corporations. Airbnb is a success story and is not causing hotels to go into foreclosure. Support the local shoppers - let the outlying neighborhoods benefit from out of town travelers. Don't force us to close our doors to our worldly neighbors. Thank you for thinking of the individuals of the world.