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    Updates for Hosts about Ukraine developments

    Here’s what you need to know about Airbnb’s response to the crisis.
    By Airbnb on Mar 4, 2022
    4 min read
    Updated Mar 30, 2022

    Check this timeline for frequent updates about how we’re supporting Hosts and refugees.

    March 30
    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.

    To date, more than 1,200 people have now received temporary accommodations through Airbnb.org in Europe. More than 28,600 people have signed up to offer their homes to refugees through Airbnb.org, including more than 17,800 across Europe and more than 5,800 in the US.

    March 25
    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.

    March 15
    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

    March 9
    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.

    March 8
    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.

    In the past week, more than 15,000 Hosts have signed up through Airbnb.org to offer their homes to refugees around the world. If you want to get involved, you can sign up to provide emergency housing in your area or make a donation.

    March 3
    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.

    March 2
    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.

    March 1
    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.

    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.

    Airbnb
    Mar 4, 2022
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