Airbnb to help house up to 20,000 Afghan refugees | Airbnb

Airbnb will help house up to 20,000 Afghan refugees, the company announced, as part of its program Airbnb.org The Charitable Arm.

The company will coordinate with Airbnb hosts who want to offer their homes to refugees for free, or at a reduced rate, with the charity collecting the rest of the bill, plus any other operating expenses. Airbnb co-founder and CEO, Brian Chesky, will also fund this effort.

“While we pay for these stays, we can’t do it without the generosity of our hosts,” Chesky said. “If you are willing to host a refugee family, get in touch with us and I will connect you with the right people here to make it happen.

“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to escalate. I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There is no time to waste.”

The company did not confirm where or for how long it would shelter the refugees, describing the situation as “rapidly evolving”. Instead, it “will work with resettlement agencies and partners to go where the need goes, develop this initiative and support us as necessary.”

Ago fall of KabulAirbnb operates on a smaller scale, supporting the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a New York-based refugee charity, the Jewish-run non-profit HIAS, and the Church World Service to provide immediate short-term accommodations for Afghan refugees, including 165 of whom They arrived in the US over the weekend.

David Miliband, the former British Home Secretary and chair of the International Rescue Committee, praised the company for its support. “As the International Rescue Committee helps to welcome and resettle Afghans in the United States, the provision of housing is both necessary and urgent,” he said. “We are grateful to our partners Airbnb.org and Airbnb for providing their support and infrastructure once again to face this moment, and provide safe and welcoming places for individuals and families as they arrive in the United States and begin to rebuild their lives.”

Airbnb.org was created late last year, with the goal of building a customized process to help organize temporary stays for people in times of crisis. The nonprofit, which was funded by 400,000 shares of Airbnb stock and a $6 million donation from the company’s three founders, was inspired by grassroots activism: In 2012, Airbnb hosts offered their homes for free to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the United States. East Coast, and soon the company formalized the program. Since then, more than 75,000 people have been accommodated in homes donated by hosts and coordinated by Airbnb.

The company is calling on technology companies to help it provide assistance. But so far, the collapse of the Afghan state has led to Cause more immediate problems for the sector. A renewed focus in the West on the Taliban’s actions has led to a belated realization that the group, which is not a banned terrorist organization under US law, has a significant presence on many social networks. Unlike Facebook, which unilaterally banned the group under its own “dangerous organizations” policy, most large social networks allowed members of the movement to be on their platforms until last week.

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