Airbnb.org has housed 100,000 people fleeing Ukraine
100,000 people fleeing Ukraine have found temporary housing thanks to Hosts
Six months after announcing a commitment to offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, Airbnb.org has met this goal thanks to a global outpouring of support from Hosts, donors, and the humanitarian organizations helping people on the ground. Since February, more than 40,000 new Hosts have opted-in to offer free or discounted emergency stays through Airbnb.org.
“At the heart of Airbnb.org is the incredible community of Hosts who time and again demonstrate their generosity by opening their homes to people in need,” said Catherine Powell, Airbnb’s Global Head of Hosting. “We are also immensely grateful to our Hosts and for the tireless work of organizations whose partnership with Airbnb.org helped connect tens of thousands fleeing Ukraine to a temporary place to call home.”Read the stories of a few of these Hosts and refugee guests here.
Airbnb.org welcomes over 50,000 refugees of the Ukraine crisis
Today, on World Refugee Day, Airbnb.org announced that it has provided free, temporary stays to more than 50,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine—half of the 100,000-person commitment made in late February.
This work was made possible by Airbnb.org’s network of over 40 nonprofit partners and other supporting organizations, thousands of donors, and our global community of Hosts—including more than 48,000 Hosts across 160 countries who signed up to welcome guests at no cost or at a discount through Airbnb.org.
As the conflict in Ukraine continues, Airbnb.org is now expanding its partnerships to include nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada, and is seeking Hosts in these countries to provide temporary stays for newcomers arriving from Ukraine. Learn more about Airbnb.org’s work, including stories from refugee Hosts, in the video above.
Airbnb.org helps more than 25,000 people fleeing Ukraine find free housing
Earlier this year Airbnb.org announced a commitment to offer free, temporary housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. Since then, Hosts on Airbnb and people around the world have offered their support by opening their homes and donating to Airbnb.org. In less than three months, Airbnb.org has helped connect more than 25,000 people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine to free places to stay. Learn more.
Update on Airbnb.org’s work to support refugees fleeing Ukraine
Airbnb.org is coordinating directly with the U.S. federal government following President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will welcome up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. Airbnb.org is ready to support by funding and facilitating free, temporary housing to refugees who may arrive in the U.S. in the coming months.
Working with many others to support those fleeing Ukraine
Airbnb.org is collaborating with several nonprofit organizations–including longtime partner HIAS (founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and Nova Ukraine–to provide free, temporary housing to those fleeing Ukraine.
Companies like Levi Strauss & Co. are also mobilizing their employees across Europe to share homes with refugees through Airbnb.org, and are offering potential financial assistance to Levi Strauss employees who’ve opened their homes to refugees.
And, Save the Children Sweden is partnering with Airbnb.org to help fill the urgent need for short-term housing.We’ve created a guide to help you learn more about providing a welcoming environment for refugees fleeing Ukraine or donate towards emergency stays. So far, more than 27,200 people have signed up to offer their homes for free or at a discount to refugees through Airbnb.org.
Airbnb co-founders announce $10 million matching donation
Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk committed today to match up to $10 million USD in donations to Airbnb.org, now through April 30, in support of the effort to offer housing to refugees fleeing Ukraine. Contributions made to the nonprofit will be matched with an equal amount of money from the company’s co-founders (and Nathan’s wife, Elizabeth), up to $10 million.
The generosity of the Airbnb community inspired the new donation matching. More than 21,500 Hosts around the world have signed up to provide free or discounted housing to refugees since February 28. To participate in this ongoing humanitarian effort, you can sign up to provide temporary housing or make a donation to Airbnb.org.
The Airbnb.org effort continues
More than 15,000 Hosts around the world have signed up through Airbnb.org to offer their homes to refugees. “This will be our second time participating in Airbnb.org,” says Host Advisory Board member Jennifer of Port Severn, Ontario. She has found her community supportive of her decision to open her home: “If we are able to host a Ukrainian guest … the community will be rallying around to provide clothes, food, meals, rides, interpretation, employment, and the list goes on.” If you’d like to help, you can sign up through Airbnb.org to provide emergency housing in your area or make a donation.
Airbnb.org partners with the International Organization for Migration to support people fleeing Ukraine
Airbnb.org announced today it will work with IOM to connect people fleeing Ukraine to free, short-term housing in Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. IOM is on the ground, mobilizing teams and boosting capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of Ukrainians forced to flee the country, those internally displaced, and stranded third country nationals. IOM’s priority is the safety and protection of all those fleeing the country and their ability to access assistance.
Airbnb has suspended operations in Russia and Belarus
This means that we are blocking Host calendars from accepting new bookings in both countries until further notice. We will also restrict guests in Russia and Belarus from making new reservations.
Supporting people in Ukraine
We are making efforts to support our community members in Ukraine who remain in the country. Airbnb is temporarily waiving Host and guest fees on new bookings in Ukraine. We have also implemented our extenuating circumstances policy in Ukraine, so Hosts and guests can cancel penalty-free for qualifying reservations.
Hosts helping Hosts in Ukraine
A Host in Park City, Utah, came up with the idea of supporting Hosts in Ukraine by booking and paying for stays in homes almost 6,000 miles away–with no intention of staying there–to provide a financial boost. That Host, Sarah Brown, told the “Today” show: “For me, it was the simplest way to feel connected to a person, like boots on the ground. It just seemed like the natural thing to do.” Since then, other Hosts have started doing the same as a bit of moral and financial support for Hosts in the war-torn country. You can watch Sarah’s story and join Host conversations in the Community Center.
We are moved by the inspiring generosity of our community during this moment of crisis. In the past 48 hours, as we’ve waived our fees for new reservations, we’ve noticed a grassroots movement to book Airbnb listings in Ukraine with the objective of supporting local Hosts. In just two days, people around the world booked more than 61,000 nights in Ukraine listings, including more than 34,000 nights booked by U.S. guests.
Offering short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees
Many of you have been following world events and wondering what you can do to help Ukraine refugees. We want to let you know that Airbnb.org has committed to funding and facilitating free, short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. If you want to get involved, you can sign up to provide emergency housing in your area or make a donation.
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