Airbnb.org helps flood victims with free accommodation
Airbnb.org has launched an initiative to help flood victims in Europe by providing free housing. Parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have been hardest hit by catastrophic flooding, and reports reveal that there have been more than 180 deaths and many people remain missing.
In this dire situation where many people have lost their homes, Airbnb’s emergency response program enables those affected by flooding to connect with local hosts who are ready to provide accommodation at no cost. Flood victims can use these temporary stays from now until August 2.
Director of Airbnb.org programs, Kristen Berlacher said:
We are devastated by the scenes that the destructive floods have caused across Western Europe and our hearts go out to all affected. Through Airbnb.org’s Disaster Response Program, new and existing hosts on Airbnb can provide free temporary housing to people displaced by flooding. We are grateful for the generosity of the Airbnb host community, and we continue to coordinate closely with local government agencies and other nonprofit partners to help those in need.
In addition to the hosts, we would also like to thank all of the emergency responders who are working tirelessly to deal with this extremely difficult and tragic situation.
Existing Airbnb hosts with full listings of accommodations and those with free space in affected areas of Western Europe can participate in the program by listing their accommodations for € 0 and offering temporary stays to victims for free. Hosts and flood victims can visit the dedicated webpage here for more information on temporary accommodation.