A new online accommodation initiative called “NHS Homes” has been launched in this unprecedented time. www.nhshomes.co.uk
To help support the fight against the Coronavirus, people are asked to offer their properties to the NHS staff and other frontline healthcare professionals. Some of these workers, who fear to return to their own homes because they might infect other family members, or because of the travel distance between their home and work, are looking for places to stay near the hospitals they work in.
The properties will be provided free but with small contributions to cover utilities; towels; linen and cleaning costs.
The website can be used for, those seeking accommodation, as well as property owners who have a whole house/flat available during this time, where they will have seen the complete collapse of Airbnb style short lets.
In the short period since it launched, 800 homes have been made available, which the trade body STAA (UK Short Term Accommodation Association) hopes will expand into the high thousands by next week.
Merilee Karr, chair of the STAA, says: “I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts, as the demand we’ve already had for homes from NHS workers, proves that this is an incredibly valuable initiative”.
“I am particularly pleased that the scheme is now truly across the UK, from as far west as Bridgend in Wales, to Ipswich in the east; and from Exeter in the south-west, to Glasgow in Scotland”