For the nurses, police officers, any essential employees— the best place to spend their time off the clock, to show their loved ones they care— may be somewhere that is away from them.
“They don’t want to go home to their families if they have older people,” said Rachel Indek.
Indek is the owner of BMore at Home Properties, an Air B and B company with several locations in Baltimore.
“This is a good option for people who want to stay close to the hospital. They can get back and fourth quickly and easily if they live a little bit further. It’s a good option if you don’t want to potentially risk infecting other people.
She’s offering them as community spaces at a steep discount to nurses who are willing to share multiple bedroom homes with other first responders
“We’re not attached to other people’s air system," she explained. "You’re not staying in a hotel where you’re going to be exposed to a number of people. For first responders an individual home a row home is a good option because they aren’t going to be breathing on other people who are staying maybe in a hotel. Potentially were trying to keep people who are working at the same hospital together so there’s no cross contamination between different hospitals.”
Right now business is slow for everyone including the AirBnB industry.
“Trying to house people who need housing who are here treating those who are affected by the coronavirus," she said. "Really just sort of keep the lights on and stay in business. Keep the houses full. Since I have vacant houses and people need housing we thought it would be a good way to solve my need and solve their need at the same time.”
She’s trying to help while also at least paying the mortgage and paying the cleaning crews
“They are trained they have all the equipment. We have equipped them with gloves and masks and bleach and water," Indek explained. "They wait 72 hours after the guests leave. We make sure everything is clean and germ free. They are also local city residents who have jobs as well so we are trying to keep them employed as well.”
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