This is my third travel assignment and my first one with Cross Country. I'll be starting in DC next Tuesday, and just found out about my housing yesterday. Turns out they put me in Alexandria, VA - which can easily be an hour or more away from the hospital, with traffic. My other option was to stay a little closer, in Arlington, but she said I would have to pay an additional $118 per month because it was "over their budget." Has anybody ever heard of something like this? I called my recruiter and complained that I shouldn't have to pay $118 to have housing within a decent commute time. That was yesterday; I'm still waiting to hear back from her if she was able to do anything about it. The biggest reason I switched to Cross Country was because I wasn't happy with the commute times American Mobile was giving me - also averaging an hour. I thought about taking the stipend with Cross Country, but it was only $1,600/month. In DC that will get you a broom closet.
I don't understand why it's so hard to get housing within a decent commute time. Does anybody else have this problem?