Airbnb's nonprofit works with UN and partners to shelter up to 100,000 Ukraine refugees
Airbnb has announced it has partnered with the United Nations to provide free short-term housing in Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia to refugees fleeing Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
- Airbnb.org, the International Organization for Migration and others have committed to provide shelter to up to 100,000 refugees trying to escape Ukraine amidst Moscow's prolonged bombardment of the country.
What they're saying: “We are grateful for the continued generosity of the Airbnb community, who have opened their homes to refugees or have donated to Airbnb.org's efforts," Joe Gebbia, Airbnb's co-founder, said.
- "If you have space to host, please consider helping Airbnb.org and IOM in offering temporary housing to those in need fleeing Ukraine.”
- Gebbia described the unfolding situation in Ukraine as the "largest humanitarian crises of our lifetime."
- "Many will need a safe space to process the events of the last few days and to rest their weary hearts," said Amy Pope, the deputy director general for the International Organization for Migration.
The big picture: To date, at least 15,000 hosts have signed up to offer their homes for free or at a discount rate across the globe, the company said.
Editor's note: The headline and content of this story have been corrected to show that it was Airbnb's nonprofit arm (not Airbnb) that is working with partners to house 100,000 refugees, (not 1,000).