One year on Airbnb.org

Key points to remember

  • As Airbnb.org marks its first year of service, it has met and exceeded its goal of providing temporary housing to 100,000 people in need around the world.

In 2017, Airbnb set itself the goal of providing temporary housing to 100,000 people in need around the world. A year ago yesterday, Airbnb.org – an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit – was founded to help achieve this goal, making temporary stays easier for people in times of crisis. Today, we’re proud to share that over the past four years, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have met and exceeded this goal, in partnership with hosts and donors – and we remain focused on leveraging our strengths. to strengthen our impact in 2022.

“When we launched Airbnb.org, we saw it as an example of 21st century philanthropy. Throughout this year, we’ve leveraged Airbnb’s unique strengths – our global platform and host community – to make a positive impact around the world, through our support to COVID frontline responders. -19, our activation in response to disasters and our commitment to Afghan refugees. . “

“I am encouraged by what lies ahead for Airbnb.org, as we continue to scale up our efforts and innovate to meet urgent needs, in coordination with our partners and with the support of our hosts. “- Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb and president of Airbnb.org.

The foundation of Airbnb.org

Every day, hosts on Airbnb open their homes and offer warmth to strangers, including those facing incredible hardships. This natural generosity of Airbnb hosts is the foundation of Airbnb.org. In 2012, a single host named Shell asked Airbnb to help them open their home for free to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It sparked a movement and marked the start of a program that allows hosts on Airbnb to offer stays to evacuees, aid workers, refugees, asylum seekers and more when needed. Airbnb’s Open Homes and Frontline Stays programs have evolved into Airbnb.org, and with the help of hosts and donors, the impact continues to grow.

Today, Airbnb.org enables hosts on Airbnb – as well as those who have never hosted before but want to step up their efforts in times of crisis – to offer free and discounted stays to those affected by emergencies, as an alternative to other accommodation options. Hosts who support Airbnb.org by offering free stays or making recurring donations receive a special badge on their profile to recognize their commitment to communities in need.

Airbnb.org is proud to work with governments and trusted partners to reach the communities most in need of help and to inform its approach, including International Rescue Committee, Church World Service, HIAS, CARE and other organizations in local and global nonprofits.

Impact to date

Over the past four years, more than 100,000 hosts – from Australia to France, and more than 100 countries in between – have offered to open their homes, and more than 100,000 people have been given temporary accommodation, including those affected by natural disasters and refugees.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis alone, Airbnb hosts around the world have opened their doors to tens of thousands of frontline workers fight the spread of COVID-19, including healthcare professionals and first-aiders. With the support of the hosts, this would not have been possible without the help of nonprofits, governments and other stakeholders who have partnered with Airbnb and Airbnb.org, including the NHS in the UK. Uni, the Mexican Red Cross, 1199SEIU and New York State, the city of new orleans, Los Angeles County and organizations in Italy and France.

Airbnb.org’s Disaster Response Team has also responded to hundreds of disasters around the world. Earlier this year, Airbnb.org activated its emergency response program to provide those affected by the devastating floods in Western Europe with access to free accommodation. We recently awarded I-DIEM – a non-profit organization focused on equity in disasters and emergency management – a grant to support its efforts in tribal communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in the United States.

Airbnb.org’s impact goes beyond its immediate response. By providing the security and comfort of home, Airbnb.org supports mental well-being in times of crisis and can contribute to financial stability. In addition, Airbnb hosts can provide a warm welcome to newly arrived or displaced people, and create meaningful connections with the community at large.

Housing for Afghan refugees

In August, Airbnb.org announced it would help provide free temporary accommodation for 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide in partnership with resettlement agencies and other non-profit organizations.

Immediately after this announcement, we received a surge of interest from people within the Airbnb community and beyond looking for ways to support the Airbnb.org initiative. More than 7,000 hosts on Airbnb offered free and discounted stays to Afghan refugees, and more than 7,400 Afghan refugees found temporary stays through Airbnb.org. Airbnb employees even launched a company-wide effort to help an Afghan SIV holder who works at our San Francisco headquarters, with donated furniture and other household items to welcome his family when he is relocated to the States. -United.

To date, Airbnb.org is working with all nine U.S. resettlement agencies in this effort – including long-standing partners such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Church World Service (CWS), and HIAS – as well as organizations run by Afghans as Women for Afghan Women. In addition, Airbnb.org has partnered with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and their national network of 34 resettlement agencies, to help some of the 40,000 Afghan refugees the Canadian government has committed to welcoming over the coming months.

This builds on the continued work of Airbnb and Airbnb.org to support the refugee community. Over the past four years, we have connected approximately 25,000 refugees – including hundreds participating in the Special US Immigrant Visa Program – to temporary housing. Earlier this year, Airbnb.org announced the creation of the $ 25 million Refugee Fund, to further expand Airbnb.org’s work with refugees and asylum seekers around the world.

Next year for Airbnb.org

Looking to 2022, Airbnb.org is focused on expanding its impact and the reach of its customers, leveraging the partnerships built over the past few years to continue to guide its work and using its strengths to respond. to the most urgent needs. As more people are displaced by natural disasters or conflict, Airbnb.org will continue to work to support affected families, with a particular focus on serving people from historically marginalized communities by increasing its work. direct with community organizations.

As we mark Airbnb.org’s first year, we are grateful to our hosts, Airbnb.org plank and Airbnb.org partners.

For anyone interested in becoming an Airbnb.org host or donor, go to airbnb.org today and find out how to get started.

About Airbnb.org

Airbnb.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. Airbnb.org operates independently and uses technology, services, and other resources from Airbnb, Inc. free of charge to carry out Airbnb.org’s charitable purpose. The inspiration for Airbnb.org began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened her home to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the start of a program that allows hosts on Airbnb to offer stays to people when needed. Since then, the program has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays for evacuees, aid workers, refugees, asylum seekers and, more recently, frontline workers battling the spread of COVID-19. Since then, the hosts have offered to open their homes and have helped provide accommodation for 75,000 people when needed. Airbnb.org is a separate and independent entity from Airbnb, Inc. Airbnb, Inc. does not charge a service fee for stays supported by Airbnb.org on its platform.

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million hosts that have welcomed over a billion guest arrivals in more than 220 countries and regions. . Traveling on Airbnb keeps more of the financial benefits of tourism with the people and places that make it possible. Airbnb has generated billions of dollars in revenue for hosts, 90 percent of which are individuals listing the homes they live in. Of the Hosts who self-report their gender, more than half are female, and one in five salaried Hosts is either a teacher or a health professional. In 2019, Airbnb directly supported 300,000 jobs in just 30 destinations, an average of nine jobs per 1,000 traveler arrivals. Travel on Airbnb has also generated more than $ 4 billion in tax revenue globally. Airbnb has helped advance more than 1,000 regulatory frameworks for short-term leasing, including in 80% of our top 200 geographies. At the end of 2020, to support our continued expansion and diversification, we launched the City Portal to provide governments with a one-stop shop that supports data sharing and compliance with local registration rules. We continue to invest in innovations and tools to support our continued work with governments around the world to advance the travel that best serves communities.

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