Airbnb says it will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb and Airbnb.org announced on Tuesday that they will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees for free. The effort, an evolution of the home rental platform’s “Frontline Stays” program for first responders, is in response to the refugee crisis caused by the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan and the takeover of the country by the Taliban.

“It has become abundantly clear that the relocation and resettlement of Afghan refugees here in the United States and elsewhere is a major humanitarian crisis — and in light of this need, our community is poised to act again,” the company wrote in its announcement. . This is, of course, dependent on Airbnb’s existing hosts agreeing to help. In a tweet thread announcing the plan, Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, made a call on Twitter for Airbnb hosts interested in housing Afghan families.

For participating hosts and homes, free refugee housing will be available worldwide, paid for by Airbnb, Airbnb.org (the Airbnb nonprofit), Chesky and donors of the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund. Airbnb didn’t offer a specific timeline for how long the program will last, but the company says The edge “We plan to support the 20,000 refugees for as long as necessary.”

Other companies have also made efforts to alleviate some of the damage caused by the US’s departure from Afghanistan. Facebook and Clubhouse have taken steps to secure accounts by hiding friend lists and removing personal information. The United States Department of Defense has also appealed to airlines to assist with further evacuations from Afghanistan.