The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01895

Submission Number:
01895
Commenter:
Mary Moran
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My name is Mary. I am a divorced mother of three children. [REDACTED] Before I had children I was a human rights lawyer. [REDACTED] I found myself in the position of having succeeded in keeping the children's home and farm for them through the divorce. All I had to do was be able to afford the mortgage, which was very high for one income earner, especially on the salary of an in home support service provider. I tried home sharing and it has saved our family financially and emotionally. We get to stay in our home! We provide a beautiful farm stay experience and meet people from all over the world. Many people have told us we have inspired them to seek their dreams and live a simpler life closer to nature. The home sharing experience has been a win-win for all of us. No neighbor has ever complained and we've never had a bad experience. Airbnb has created a movement of bringing people together and teaching us a new way to help each other instead of being paralyzed by stranger danger as a way of life. The majority of Airbnb hosts are good, middle class families trying a creative way to hold onto their homes while providing people with varied and enriched travel experiences. Thank you for listening. Mary Moran, airbnb host