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How Airbnb is Providing Shelter to People Who Need it Most

Sara Rice, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Airbnb (A Consumer Technology Association [CTA] member) has found a way to use its short-term rental platform to make a difference in the world. It started back in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast and left thousands of people without a place to stay. An Airbnb host in New York wanted to open her home to people in need, and that’s when the company realized they needed a system to allow hosts to volunteer rooms for free.

Since then, Airbnb’s Open Homes program has helped people find a safe place to stay after being displaced by natural disasters. Airbnb hosts opened their homes after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and in California when wildfires destroyed thousands of homes.

The short term rental platform has also partnered with the International Rescue Committee to launch The platform allows people to offer housing to refugees or other displaced people for no cost.

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