Airbnb Launches Open Homes Program for Those Affected by Hurricane Dorian

In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, Airbnb’s Open Homes Program has been launched across multiple states in one of its largest activations ever, with free temporary housing available for displaced residents and relief workers through September 16.

Airbnb has launched its Open Homes Program (https://www.airbnb.com/dorianmainland) to help displaced residents and relief workers impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The program recruits hosts who are willing and able to provide free housing to displaced residents, and disaster relief workers in the activation area.

The Open Homes Program for Hurricane Dorian was first activated on Aug. 28 to assist those in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new activation area on the U.S. mainland includes the majority of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia. 

The Open Homes Program is currently available through Sept. 16, 2019. This activation for Hurricane Dorian is one of Airbnb’s largest ever activations for a natural disaster.

BACKGROUND:

This concept began organically back in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has since grown into a global disaster response initiative that makes it easy for Airbnb hosts to provide space for people in need when disasters strike. 

Below, please find an official statement from Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s Head of Global Disaster Response and Relief:

“Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region.

Through the program, those in need of temporary accommodations can connect with Open Homes hosts in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia free of charge.

We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”

Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s Head of Global Disaster Response and Relief

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