Utah Jazz Foundation will fund 32,200 nights of housing for refugees

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz Foundation announced Wednesday a donation to ongoing efforts to Airbnb.org provide housing for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Utah Jazz Foundation donation will fund 32,200 nights of accommodation for refugees from Ukraine, nearly double the size of the Jazz Home arena – Vivint smart home arena.

“Connection and community have never been more important than today. Millions of people have been forced to leave their entire lives behind in Ukraine. Airbnb.org connects host families with refugees in need, creating safe havens when so many communities are torn apart,” said Ryan Smith, executive chairman and co-founder of Qualtrics and owner of Utah. Jazz, in a press release. “The Utah Jazz Foundation is honored to partner with Airbnb.org to fund stays for refugees who fled Ukraine – enough to fill every seat right here in our own home – Vivint Arena – nearly twice. And we can’t stop there. I encourage every organization to support the important initiative of Airbnb.org, amplify their impact, and house enough refugees to fill their arenas or workplaces.

Airbnb.org last week announced its commitment to provide free short-term housing to up to 100,000 people fleeing Ukraine.

“I can’t begin to express my thanks to the Utah Jazz Foundation for supporting the work of Airbnb.org. This incredible commitment will play a significant role in helping us reach our goal of providing free temporary housing to 100,000 refugees. fleeing Ukraine – offering not only a roof over their heads, but also a safe place to congregate and regroup,” said Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Co-Founder and President of Airbnb.org, in A press release.

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