Does empathy and shared living only extend to family? Or is it possible to consider living with someone outside your bloodline?
Will you help me understand a living arrangement I am struggling to help? My background is in the multifamily industry; for 14 years I have sold apartment buildings, and even managed them. During that time I have come to see that it's an industry entirely driven by getting the last dollar from each and every renter. It's really quite a cut throat business that has the potential to hurt the most economically vulnerable.
In an effort to challenge the current rent model I'm trying to create an elevated model built on the idea of reciprocity and empathy. If we can be taught to think of our cars as taxis, our homes as hotels, and trust finding babysitters on the internet, then we can certainly entertain the idea of helping elevate the life of another in a shared living arrangement.
Am I wrong? Am I naive? What am I missing? Would I do it? I really think I would. Would you?