Here's How Airbnb Hosts Can Help Those Affected by Hurricane Dorian

In an effort to help relief workers and displaced people affected by Dorian, Airbnb is encouraging hosts to give back. The Open Homes program, first launched in 2012, allows guests to stay in selected spaces for free. As of May 2019, more than 25,000 people have found temporary housing through the service. Airbnb hopes to have helped 100,000 people by 2022.

This particular effort includes listings in states like Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia. According to The Weather Channel, the Category 2 storm will have "significant, damaging impacts near and along the Southeast coast."

Hosts can choose how long guests stay. If any non-evacuee guests happen to use the service, the reservation will be cancelled and the guest must leave the listing. Airbnb also provides 24/7 phone support for these listings. For those who can't offer a space, Airbnb includes the option of donating a percentage of their earnings to nonprofits in the temporary housing space.

So far, more than 1,300 hosts have included their listing in the Open Homes program. You can find more info on available listings here.


Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com.