Host and Care was set up to link students in need of accomodations with people they can help – primarily parents who have a guest room in their house and could use eight to sixteen hours a week of someone extra watching their kids.
The free site doesn’t run background checks on care seekers or care providors, nor does it determine the terms of a care/accomodations deal. It’s simply a conduit – and one that’s gaining attention in an economy where every little bit helps.
Daycares have been announcing enrollment drops since the economy took a turn for the worse, in part because there are more laid off parents at home to watch their kids. But the bigger reason? Parents just don’t have the cash – and while some babysitters have taken paycuts to keep their jobs, most daycare costs are contractual. There’s no break for parents, leaving them with options that range from bad to worse. Like reports that an increasing number of parents are simply leaving their kids home – alone.
So instead facing of a mountain of bills to pay, they’ll be facing a pile of child neglect charges . . . or worse – their kids could seriously hurt themselves.
Host and Care could be an option for parents with guest rooms, rooms they already pay the mortgage on and heat, rooms that won’t be filling with guests any time soon considering friends and family are hurting financially too. It’s akin to having a live-in nanny – without the cost – while the students get a leg up on paying their way through school with the burden of rent off of their shoulders.
Is there a college near you where there might be students looking for a room? Check out the site – they also connect families for house swaps, a great way for bigger families to save on accomodations on the road.