Temporary housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world: Airbnb
Home rental company Airbnb Inc. will provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world, the company said on Tuesday.
The effort will be funded by Airbnb, its chief executive, Brian Chesky, and donations to its charity Airbnb.org, the company said in a blog.
“We provide this accommodation through resettlement agencies and partners, which coordinate directly with refugees and advise them on their length of stay needs,” a company spokesperson said. .
“Although we only provide temporary (non-permanent) housing, we are committed to housing these families for as long as they need it.”
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last week as the United States and its allies pulled their troops out of the country. The United States and its allies are rushing to complete the evacuation of all foreigners and vulnerable Afghans before the expiration of an August 31 deadline agreed with the Taliban.
Over the past weekend, Airbnb.org worked with partners to place 165 refugees in safe housing soon after arriving in the United States, Airbnb said.
U.S. military and coalition flights have evacuated 21,600 people from Kabul, Afghanistan, over a 24-hour period since Monday morning, a White House official said on Tuesday.