Airbnb’s nonprofit provides housing for disaster victims offers an emergency response program to help people in need following natural disasters. Whether the cause of the conflict is a forest fire, flood, tropical storm, earthquake or more, the association offers free temporary housing to families in need. made its unofficial debut in 2012 when an Airbnb host named Shell opened her home to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Shell’s courage kicked off Airbnb’s independent nonprofit, which has helped hundreds of disasters around the world since 2012. Since its inception, the program has now evolved to focus on emergency response to provide assistance to evacuees, refugees, rescuers and frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Any interested Airbnb host can offer free or discounted stays for those affected by these emergencies. As emergency housing and traditional shelters have become more difficult in light of the current health crisis, this opportunity for Airbnb hosts is a great way to help those in need. Additionally, hosts who participate in this effort by making donations or offering free stays will receive a special badge on their profile that recognizes their contributions to the community.

Those interested in joining the cause or making a donation can find more information at / join.

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