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Airbnb is offering support to refugees fleeing Ukraine: free, short-term housing to 100,000 people in need, all funded by the company, donors and generous hosts. Co-founders of Airbnb Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk personally wrote letters to leaders across Europe to share the details of this plan.
Airbnb will be working closely with governments to help streamline support in each country.
Airbnb.org is the philanthropic arm of Airbnb, an NGO that aims to “open homes in times of crisis.” Most of its efforts have focused on supporting refugees and other displaced people around the world. Last week, the organization disclosed that it has successfully provided housing to approximately 21,300 Afghan refugees. Ukraine, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America are but a few regions the organization is offering support in.
Airbnb.org has now been around for a decade. In 2020, the NGO aided thousands of frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while partnering with the U.K.’s NHS, Mexican Red Cross, New York State and Los Angeles County as well as with other organizations in France and Italy. In addition, Airbnb.org has also provided help to those affected by the floods in Western Europe last year.
Refugees of Ukraine urgently need temporary emergency stays. Hosts may be able to support the initiative by offering free or discounted stays. Airbnb.org is working directly with NGOs responsible for booking and coordinating stays for refugee guests.
Those interested can visit airbnb.org/help-ukraine to see how they can help.
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