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NOLA's Stay Redamo Houses First Responders for Free

Chris and Ashley Genard, owners of New Orleans short-term rental company Redamo, were all set to have a record spring. Their properties had around 85% occupancy scheduled from March through May. That quickly fell to 0% when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Then Chris saw a Facebook post by the New Orleans EMS Foundation asking for housing for first responders. Since then, he has housed several first responders at his properties for free.

Chattanooga Property Managers Donate Personal Savings to Laid-Off Employees

Two years ago, Christina Thoreson gave her husband, Christian, an unusual Christmas present: paperwork to form a nonprofit. The couple wanted to create a foundation that could help fund personal and professional development for employees at their short-term rental management company, Chattanooga Vacation Rentals. It sat on a shelf as they tended to their growing business, which manages properties in Tennessee and Georgia. Then came COVID-19. So they dusted off their nonprofit paperwork and relaunched the Fly Foundation, funding it with their personal savings, with a new mission: to supplement what unemployment does not cover so their laid-off staff could receive their normal level of income even while the business is down.

Manatee County Vacation Rental Owners House First Responders for Free

Mike Wilcox and his wife, Jennifer, had a longtime dream of leaving Ohio’s winters and retiring in sunny Florida. A big part of fulfilling that dream was their purchase of a rental property in Anna Maria Island, Florida, last October. Things were going well until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Still, they wanted to do what they could to help others, even while they were suffering financial losses.