Airbnb to provide housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees
Today, Airbnb and Airbnb.org announce that Airbnb.org will provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world – the cost of which is funded by contributions to Airbnb.org from Airbnb and Brian Chesky, as well as Airbnb.org donors. Refugee Fund.
Over the past few years, the Airbnb community has opened thousands of doors for those in need. Airbnb.org – an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis – helped shelter people displaced by natural disasters, and has offered hundreds of thousands of places to stay and peace of mind to frontline workers at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past week, it has become very clear that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees here in the United States and elsewhere constitutes a significant humanitarian crisis – and in the face of this need, our community is ready to step up again.
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. Further, given the enormous need, Airbnb urges other members of the global business community to join forces to provide immediate support to Afghan refugees.
“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, their stay will be the first chapter of their new life. For these 20,000 refugees, I hope the Airbnb community not only provides them with a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome. “
Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb
Today’s announcement builds on efforts that have already started for Afghan refugees on Airbnb and Airbnb.org. Last week, Airbnb.org provided emergency funding and support to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), HIAS and Church World Service to provide immediate temporary stays through the Airbnb platform to up to 1,000 Afghan refugees. Over the past weekend, Airbnb.org worked with partners to place 165 refugees in safe housing soon after landing in the United States.
“As the IRC helps welcome and resettle Afghans in the United States, accessible housing is urgent and essential. We are grateful to our partners at Airbnb.org and Airbnb for once again offering their support and infrastructure to cope with this moment, providing safe and welcoming places for individuals and families when they arrive. United States and begin to rebuild their lives.
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
Over the past four years, Airbnb.org and Airbnb have connected approximately 25,000 refugees – including hundreds participating in the Special U.S. Immigrant Visa Program – to temporary accommodation. Earlier this year, Airbnb.org announced the creation of the $ 25 million refugee fund, to further extend Airbnb.org’s support to refugees and asylum seekers around the world.
We know that Airbnb hosts and guests around the world will be eager to stand up and support this massive effort – and in the coming days, Airbnb and Airbnb.org plan to share details on how hosts and the community at the broad sense can support this initiative. In the meantime, learn more about Airbnb.org’s work to open homes in times of crisis in airbnb.org.
Airbnb.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world.