In the article excerpted below, Leon Kaye does a nice job highlighting how Airbnb is continuing the conversation on refugees, immigrants and acceptance with a $4mm donation to the International Rescue Committee and encouraging its users to continue to open their homes – and their minds – to people in need.
Last week Airbnb said it would strive to provide free housing to people affected by the U.S. travel ban. And over the weekend the home-sharing company doubled down on its commitment to refugees and displaced persons, with a goal to provide short-term housing to 100,000 people over the next five years.
Those “people in need,” as defined by Airbnb, will initially include refugees, disaster survivors and humanitarian aid workers. In an email to members, the company also pledged to donate $4 million to the International Rescue Committee to support displaced citizens around the world.In the meantime, Airbnb is still calling on hosts and guests to either open up their homes or send a donation to organizations that are working with refugees or other displaced people.