We here in SF are all fully aware of the affordable housing crisis, and the fact that every day families are losing their homes and apartments due to landlords selling the building to make way for new construction high rises. I have been observing this crisis from afar and recently have become more submerged in the day to day.
By chance, I have become involved with a group that is urgently trying to find housing for a family that has recently become homeless due to the circumstances that I just described. They are a family of 6, and the college educated mother is panhandling every day to get enough money to pay for a hotel for that night, which is really just a band aid to the real crisis of finding stable housing. The reality is that they will likely need to move out of SF because it is just too expensive to stay here, but they need a month or two of stability to make plans beyond just surviving day to day. To my knowledge, drugs and alcohol are not a factor here. The husband works but does suffer from epilepsy, the mother has been ill and out of work but could go back to work, if she could only find a stable living situation to get her feet under her.
I don’t want to sound like a bleeding heart; I never thought I would become so involved with a situation like this, but once you hear their story, and see the obstacles in the way and that the shelters and services that are supposed to help in times like these have a wait list, I’m sure you will feel as I feel.
I’m not looking to start a political debate here; what I am looking for is for an Airbnb host to be willing to share their home with a family of 6 (mom, dad and 4 preteens) for a month or two while the family works on a more permanent plan. They just need room to breathe so to speak, to get things sorted out. We could find the funds to be able to pay you as a host, but would like to do this in the most affordable way possible. There is a gofundme page already set up, and thousands have already been raised, but that is not a sustainable solution either. (https://www.gofundme.com/lashandahome)
Please let me know if you can help.
Thank you David! I had not yet done that, but was wondering if there was such a program. Do you know who/how I go about contacting them? Can I just send a general email into Airbnb?
Hi Kassie - I've seen a lot of posts on nextdoor, facebook, etc. about this family. Do you know them personally? My place will be available September 22nd, and I would consider letting them stay there for free. It's only one room, but could definitely fit some sleeping bags, etc. and be cozy.
I would need to check with my neighbors first to make sure they're comfortable with it. I'm going to contact the other 2 people that I saw post, but would like to talk to someone who knows them personally first - as I'm suprised that no one in SF has offered them free housing yet. I've read about how they were spending $200 a night for hotel rooms, which can't help anyone get back on their feet.
My fiance and I have been living in a hotel due to our past landlord failing to comply with fixing the cose violations of our rental. He had split a home into 2 separate units with only 1 power, water and sewage line. We had no knowledge of the city coming and red tagging the property until the Sheriffs where there at our door. He has kept our deposit and we lost post of our things as we had to leave them in the home. We had moved in 2 months prior to this happening and had no time to save money and we spend $80/night for a hotel. There are not to many resources to help us and do not meet some requirements that most rental agencies require. We have started our own company called Grind&Shine Cleaning and Lawn Service and have even tried offering our services and 1100$ towards rent but have had no luck at all.