Airbnb expands housing initiative for Afghan refugees

This week, Airbnb launched a new initiative to provide temporary housing around the world to 20,000 Afghan refugees.

After a hectic week in the Middle East, the company is now expanding its efforts to help those in need.

Over the past 48 hours, Airbnb says there has been an incredible outpouring of support from its hosting community and others who just want to help the company’s mission.

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As a result, there is a new tool on allowing anyone with available space to help provide temporary accommodation for approximately 50,000 Afghan refugees resettling in the United States.

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This link will allow the company to freely accommodate well beyond its initial objective of 20,000 refugees.

Airbnb hosts or even those with extra space can sign up.

You will need to provide information about where you live, how many people you can accommodate, the location of the space, and how long your space is open for use.

If needed, Airbnb will contact you.

The company’s head of global public affairs said Jacksonville would be a vital city for the effort.

“Over the past few days, our partners have told us that Jacksonville is one of the markets where they know there will be a great need for temporary housing,” said Christopher Nultey. “And you know we expect to provide housing and we know these organizations expect to relocate people to cities big and small across the country. But we heard that Jacksonville was going to be a place of great need. In terms of timing, it really depends on the situation. Our understanding is that the need is from day to week, not from week to month. “

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Nultey said that over the past 48 hours, members of two particular communities have stepped up to provide more space.

“In the last 48 hours, the number of people we’ve heard from, in particular, there are two things that stood out. One is that we have heard from a number of veterans in the United States for whom this question is very personal, and we have heard from a number of former refugees themselves who have resettled in the United States for whom this question is also very personal, ”said Nultey. noted.

Nultey said both groups are stepping up their efforts significantly.

“It’s truly amazing to hear these stories and it’s also an incredible reminder that these are moments of true shared humanity, that it’s an issue that so many people across this country feel very called to make their own. share, ”Nultey said.

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