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Jan. 24, 2019 12:49 pm

Homesnap is aiding government workers affected by the shutdown

The Bethesda, Md.-based real estate tech startup is using a social media campaign to select and pay rent or mortgage fees for 10 government workers affected by the government shutdown.

The Homesnap app in action.

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The federal government shutdown is now at day 33, and a local real estate tech startup is hoping to provide some financial relief with a new initiative.

Bethesda, Md.-based Homesnap is helping 10 government workers or contractors affected by the shutdown by paying their rent or mortgage for the month of February. In order to be considered, applicants must engage in a social media campaign the real estate tech startup launched Jan. 22.

“We’ve seen firsthand how the government shutdown has affected people across our region. This is a small thing that we can do to help alleviate the stress and uncertainty that so many are feeling.” Homesnap CEO John Mazur told Technical.ly. “We’re in the business of helping people find homes, so this seemed like a natural way for us to help.”

To apply, workers in the Washington, D.C., area who have been impacted by the shutdown can use their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts to share what their home means to them using words, videos and pictures under the hashtags #MyHomeMeans and #ShutdownStories. Applicants not on social media can submit their stories by filling out this online form for consideration. All applications and social media posts are due by Jan. 31, and Homesnap will then randomly select the 10 entries to receive some financial relief.

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Homesnap is also maintaining an up-to-date document with institutions providing financial relief during the shutdown.

Here’s a look at some of the stories from government workers and contractors affected by the shutdown:

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