The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00342

Submission Number:
00342
Commenter:
Connie Berens
State:
Pennsylvania
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
i want to express how much my life has improved since becoming a participant with AIRBNB. My husband is a 100% disabled Veteran and I am retired. I tried for 8 months to sell my home to make ends meet with no success at all. I decided to try AIRBNB and I have been so incredibly happy with the success, the income to allow me to pay bills more easily, and the comfort of an organization which does everything it can to provide a seamless, safe and relatively easy way to host guests. Many of my guests are parents of college students an they are thrilled that they have found an AFFORDABLE way to visit their students without spending a fortune at an overpriced, distant hotel. I have also hosted international students and folks visiting elderly relatives who have expressed their thanks again for an affordable alternative. They frequent the local restaurants and grocery stores and this helps our community also. I am quite grateful to this organization for allowing me to stay in my home at this time when a move would really prove difficult for me even if possible. I am truly thankful and only wish they had existed 10 years ago so that when I was working full time and having to hire caretakers for my Alzheimers stricken Mom, I could have instead stayed home, made money and cared for her myself and had occasional respite. As it was, I had to work full time and also care for her every weekend, never getting a break at all. I know this will help many other baby boomers who are also caring for elderly folks and now I do not have to worry as much as my husband ages, as I will be able to be here for his needs along with my guests. Please help to promote and protect sharing economy companies such as AIRBNB which really provide services that are not even obvious such as the examples I mention above.