Airbnb is offering free, short-term housing for up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing from the war with Russia, the company announced on Feb. 28.
The initiative will be funded by the company, donations to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and help from the hosts of the platform.
Top Airbnb officials sent letters to leaders across Europe to offer support in welcoming refugees within their borders.
The company further said that it “will work closely with governments to best support the specific needs in each country, including by providing longer-term stays.”
Additionally, Airbnb said that it “will work directly through nonprofits on the ground, who are responsible for booking and coordinating stays for refugee guests, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, or how they identify.”
“We need help to meet this goal. he greatest need we have is for more people who can offer their homes in nearby countries, including Poland, Germany, Hungary, and Romania,” Airbnb co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky said.
Airbnb did not specify how much it plans to spend on the initiative and how long refugees will be housed. It said that it will share further details on how hosts can support the initiative “in the coming days.”
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