Airbnb to help 20,000 Afghan refugees with temporary accommodation | WJHL

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(KTVX) – As thousands of Afghans are evacuated from Kabul, a popular vacation rental company is preparing to provide temporary accommodation for refugees.

According to Airbnb, their nonprofit arm, Airbnb.org, will provide temporary accommodation to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world.

Earlier this month, as the United States prepared to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan after two decades, the Taliban captured almost all of the country within days, Associated Press reports. A Taliban spokesman said the United States must complete the evacuation of people from Afghanistan by August 31, the date set by the Biden administration for the withdrawal of all American troops.

As evacuations continue, some Afghan refugees are being taken to military bases in Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Utah Governor Spencer Cox recently wrote a letter to President Joe Biden saying the Beehive State is also “eager to help” refugees.

The cost of housing is funded by contributions to Airbnb.org from Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky and donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

“Airbnb and Airbnb.org recognize that the situation on the ground is changing rapidly. Airbnb.org will work closely with resettlement agencies and partners to go where the need goes, and scale this initiative and our support as needed, ”Airbnb said in a statement. “In addition, given the enormous need, Airbnb urges other members of the global business community to unite their efforts to provide immediate support to Afghan refugees. “

Over the weekend, Airbnb.org worked with partners to place 165 refugees in safe housing soon after arriving in the United States. HIAS, and Church World Service to provide immediate temporary stays for up to 1,000 incoming Afghan refugees.

If you’re an Airbnb host or traveler who wants to help out, find details at Airbnb.org.

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