The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My home provides an alternative to standard hotel accomodations that gives many people something they cannot get otherwise: one family has a highly sensitive/allergic son who cannot eat any food prepared by others. (All kitchen equipment needs to be double washed and no food allergens anywhere). Another couple came from Brazil to visit their daughter attending a local university. The family wanted a place to gather and eat their native food. Others used my home as a gathering place for family reunions or holiday celebrations. Yet another couple has stayed in my home twice during national track competitions in which the wife competes. They needed the quiet of the home, and the control of their food and would have been very disappointed if a hotel was their only option.Without this type of arrangement none of these families might have visited Winston-Salem. For me, the income from renting my home helps me pay for exorbitant medical bills as I battle Chronic Lyme disease and MS. Without this income, I would need to forgo important treatments for my recovery. I want to keep working and earning a reasonable income otherwise, but right now part time work is all I have the energy for. Without continual medical care, I may not be able to even work part time, which means perhaps relying on disability assistance. That will never be my preference. I have a lovely home, and I work hard to maintain it so I can share it with others. I love hearing from my renters how wonderful it was to be able to stay in a "home away from home". I love making long-lasting connections and friendships with these folks. This seems to me to be only a wonderful development in community building and travel accomodations.