There has been a significant increase in the number of companies pledging their support for NHS Homes, a scheme launched by the short-term let sector to initially offer free accommodation and amenities to NHS key workers in London.
The scheme, which is operated by a number of professional management companies in the short-term let industry, under the umbrella of the UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), enables NHS staff to stay in homes near the hospitals they work in for free during the COVID-19 outbreak.
There has been a high level of demand from people working in the NHS, including those who are on the front-line of the crisis.
The available portfolio of properties for NHS workers has increased to more than 2,500.
The latest companies to have pledged available properties to the NHS Homes scheme are Veeve, Air Peace of Mind, Dreams Unlimited, Mason & Fifth, Park Lane City Apartments, Hemmingfords, CityRelay, Portfolio Serviced Apartments and Sykes Holiday Cottages that has up to 2,000 properties to potentially include in the scheme.
In addition, the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers has joined to facilitate the scheme in Scotland. The founding organisations participating in the scheme are UnderTheDoormat, Laundryheap, onefinestay, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Altido and LoveHomeSwap.
There are also a number of associated companies providing new additional services to the scheme, including Pikl Insurance, Guardhog, and Airlinen.
Merilee Karr, chair of the STAA and CEO of UnderTheDoormat, commented: “It has taken a tremendous amount of hard work to launch this scheme so quickly.
“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 also delighted to welcome on board our new members whose properties will provide a lifeline to those working in the NHS who are looking to keep themselves and their families safe.
“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.
“To achieve something like this at a time where we, as an industry, are in the midst of the biggest crisis we have faced, is testament to the genuine goodwill of the people working in this sector. I am proud that we have come together in this difficult time for everyone to make a meaningful contribution as an industry.”
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