Who Qualifies for an RV and Why Do We Do This?
We help frontline workers protect their family by utilizing crowd sourced RVs for isolation housing. This self-serve platform optimizes financial resources for taxpayers, frontline workers and their employers, while improving the health of the communities served. Additionally, we provide educational material to help optimize matching success.
We do not provide housing for those who would otherwise be un-housed. Our mission is to provide a resource to save lives by protecting frontline family members over the age of 65 or have pre-existing health conditions categorized as high risk by the CDC.
As a Good Samaritan effort, in which making a profit is NOT endorsed, RV owners may bear or share the ACTUAL ownership costs with frontline workers or donors to create a win-win situation for all.
Front line workers are specifically defined as those who:
- Come in direct contact with COVID-19
- Are suspected of having direct contact with COVID-19 patients
- Who test positive for COVID-19, but do not require hospitalization
These are the definitions of front-line workers served by RVMatchMaker.ORG (State of California in May of 2020 and revised by our team.)
- Nurses, physician assistants
- Student physicians or nurses are also included
- Behavioral health professionals (Licensed)
- Respiratory therapists
- Police officer
- Paramedics, EMT
- Testing technicians and laboratories
- Facility maintenance (esp. HVAC technicians)
- Housekeepers and janitors
- Other health care support workers (direct care and service)
This is not an exhaustive list, so if you are a frontline worker that reasonably fits the intent of these guidelines, please let the volunteers know when you apply.
Frontline workers who qualify have household family members with pre-existing conditions representing CDC risk category 1 or 2 or over the age of 65:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Heart Conditions (i.e., Heart Failure or Coronary Artery Disease)
- Organ transplant
- Obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
- Asthma (Moderate to Severe)
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Hypertension or High Blood Pressure
- Weak Immune System (i.e., blood or bone marrow transplant, HIV, use of corticosteroids)
- Neurologic Conditions (i.e., Dementia)
- Liver Disease
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
- Pulmonary Fibrosis (Having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (A type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Why We Do This. About Our National Crisis and Our Options
—- “How big is your safety net?” and “Where are holes?” —-
RVMatchMaker.ORG is attempting to make the holes in the safety net smaller for our frontline heroes,
if other solutions aren’t immediately available.
Frontline workers need self-isolation solutions to reduce the viral spread in their homes and communities. Potential housing solutions can include hotel rooms, home rentals, and RVs. Based on our market analysis, RVMatchMaker.ORG may compete with hotels or temporary rental programs that are free or at a discounted cost. However, room availability and locations are limited and may only be available for individuals for a two-week time period based on suspected or confirmed exposure only.
This alternative housing solution is needed as a matter of national security due to sky-rocketing federal costs for disaster relief. Federally funded programs are becoming less plentiful, while states and counties scramble to respond to the increasing need for resources to reduce COVID-19 spread.
A year prior to COVID-19 our current head of FEMA said disaster spending was already at dangerous levels, was unsustainable, and not in the best interest of the public. (See video below.) We are responding to that need for greater resourcefulness and innovation.
We recognize it would have been ideal to launch this project in the summer of 2020, but the founder is dealing with life-threatening circumstances of her own which prevented this launch from occurring quickly. No matter how long this platform is offered, we will learn and have better success next time a pandemic occurs.
This project will terminate when the housing need is met for minimizing the spread of the virus. We have the ability to shut down the platform by state or county, upon request by any health department official or by cancellation of the federal emergency declaration for COVID-19.
The founder of this platform filmed this statement by our current head of FEMA in June of 2019.
To navigate the application section of our website you have the following options:
- Who Qualifies and Why Do We Do This?(You are here)
- Answers to Commonly Asked Questions (Link closed currently)
- Application for RV Borrowers (Link closed currently)