Sumu and Flutter team up to give away one year of free rent in Boston to benefit Y2Y Harvard Square – the nation’s first student-run shelter for homeless youth
Sampan– May 2, 2016
Sumu, the Boston-based startup providing safe and efficient solutions for renting a home, is teaming up with Flutter, the online fundraising platform for local charities to create amazing local experiences, to give away one year of rent-free living benefitting Y2Y Harvard Square – the first student-run shelter for homeless youth in the country.
Beginning Monday, May 2, 2016, aspiring city dwellers can donate $10 to Y2Y Harvard Square by visiting sumu.io/yearinboston for the chance to receive 12 months of rent-free living at Chroma Cambridge. Each person can enter to win once, and upon checkout, each donor can share their unique URL link with others for additional chances to win when that link is used to enter. Participants are also encouraged to share their custom URL through their social media channels and include the hashtag #YearInBoston. Additional donations will be accepted as well.
“Rent prices in and around Boston in 2015 alone escalated 5.7% for an average rent rate of $2,009, making it the biggest increase in six years and the first time average rent rates hit the $2,000 mark,” said Sumu Co-founder and CEO Daniel Tewfik. “There is no better way to celebrate Sumu’s first year than by teaming up with one of our trusted partners – Chroma Cambridge – to give one lucky couple, family or young professional the chance to live rent free minutes from downtown Boston.”
The one-bedroom Chroma Cambridge apartment will be fully furnished by Wayfair, from a bed + mattress in the bedroom to a sofa and decor in the living space, and additional amenities. Other features include stainless steel appliances, en suite laundry, on-site gym and fitness center, roofdeck access and garage parking.
“It’s inspiring to see what the Y2Y team has done in their first six months of operations, and we’re proud and honored to work with them for a third time,” said Flutter Founder & Chief Executive Officer Tom O’Keefe, also known throughout the region as @BostonTweet. “The magnitude of this Flutter experience is the biggest thing we’ve done since we launched last year, and we’re expecting record-breaking fundraising dollars as a result of it.”
“We’re really excited to partner with these amazing companies who are coming together to support our cause,” added Y2Y Co-Founder Sam Greenberg, “Affordable housing affects everyone from the homeless to professionals struggling to pay rent. The money will help fund current programs and initiatives, and allow us to have serious discussions about expanding on those to better serve more of the homeless youth population in our area.”
The #YearInBoston campaign will end on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, culminating with the reveal of the winner at Chroma Cambridge via @BostonTweet on live streaming app, Periscope. For additional information, rules and regulations, please visit sumu.io/yearinboston, as well as @SumuApp, @Flutter365, @Wayfair and @BostonTweet on Twitter.