Sep 23, 2021 - World

Airbnb co-founders double Afghan refugee program to 40,000

Mike Allen
Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in August 2021.
Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in August 2021. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they're offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment.

The big picture: The housing typically lasts several weeks, and Airbnb and Airbnb.org provide subsidies to hosts. Hosts and donors also help pay.

  • Resettlement agencies tell Airbnb the highest-demand areas include Dallas, Northern Virginia, Sacramento, Seattle, Silver Spring, Maryland.

In an interview for "Axios Today," Chesky said: "We've always wanted to figure out how we can use our platform as a force for good, beyond our core business."

  • "Over the last 10 years, we've housed nearly 100,000 people displaced by disasters. A few years ago, we started housing refugees."

Gebbia said that since last month's initial announcement, Airbnb has seen a groundswell of people offering homes and donations.

  • "We feel very, very grateful and very lucky that an idea that started in our living room has expanded to over 4 million living rooms."
  • Gebbia said part of giving back is "simply asking the question when things like this happen in the world: How can we help?"

ğŸŽ§ On "Axios Today" hear part of my conversation with Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia.

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