Airbnb activates open homes program for Hurricane Florence evacuees

Airbnb activates open homes program for Hurricane Florence evacuees
Airbnb has activated its Open Homes Program to aid residents who have been evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, including relief workers providing on-the-ground assistance. (Source: Airbnb)

(WIS) - Airbnb has activated its Open Homes Program to aid residents who have been evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, including relief workers providing on-the-ground assistance.

In the event of major emergencies like Florence, Airbnb activates its host community through Open Homes to support neighbors helping neighbors. The Open Homes platform allows residents who have been displaced -- as well as emergency relief workers and volunteers who are coming in to assist - to find temporary accommodation with local Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge.

Airbnb hosts in following Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia communities are eligible to take part in the program and list their homes for free to evacuees and emergency relief workers:

  • Georgia: Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Augusta Metropolitan Area
  • North Carolina: Charlotte Metropolitan Area, Greensboro Metropolitan Area
  • South Carolina: Columbia Metropolitan Area, Greenville and Spartanburg Metropolitan Area
  • Virginia: Charlottesville Metropolitan Area

These $0 listings are available until Oct. 1. Airbnb will continue to expand the territory of Open Homes listings if and where needed, or as requested by local officials.

Hosts interested in listing their properties for free are being directed to follow airbnb.com/disaster, where they can opt in by clicking "I can offer my space for free."

The idea for Airbnb's disaster relief program began 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. To date, the disaster response and relief team have responded to over 250 disasters worldwide.

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