The Dallas Short-Term Rental Alliance, or Dallas STRA, has an Emergency Short-Term Accommodations Program to connect people who need shelter to available rentals with power, heat, and water. The organization says the program is open for both accommodation-seekers and accommodation-providers to sign up.
The group acted fast to create the program on Wednesday amidst the power outages and storm displacements. Since then, more than a dozen hosts and managers across Dallas have offered spaces at free and discounted rates, the group said in a news release.
“The requests for accommodations are beginning to outstrip supply, and we expect the needs to grow as Dallas thaws out,” David Krauss, co-president of the Dallas Short-Term Rental Alliance, said in a statement. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to find accommodations for everyone we can.”
Taking care of others is in the short-term rental community’s DNA, according to Krauss. “We did the same thing in the early months of the pandemic.”
Danielle Lindsey, owner of cleaning company Prepped Place, readied 76 properties across Dallas this week. They immediately booked up.
“That’s 76 families who were able to check in, and 76 families who had shelter,” Lindsey says. “We’re a small company, so just imagine how many others are out there,”
Wanting to shed light on how valuable the collective efforts are to families in need, she offers the story of one family Prepped Place is hosting. They have a “three-year-old and a two-month-old that had been stuck in a home that was just 40 degrees and had no water,” she says.
Dallas STRA’s Krauss calls the program a no-brainer: “I only wish we could help more.”
Need emergency accommodations?
People looking for accommodations during the DFW emergency situation can reach out to the Dallas STRA via the request form.
Have available space?
Dallas STRA encourage hosts and property managers with available spaces to sign up for the program.
For more information about Dallas STRA, go here.
This story was updated on Friday, Feb. 19, at 8:30 p.m. Prepped Place is a cleaning service, not a rental service.
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