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Airbnb’s new nonprofit will provide stays for frontline workers, evacuees

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Airbnb is rolling its applications to offer housing to individuals throughout instances of disaster right into a new nonprofit called Airbnb.org. The nonprofit, which was introduced on Monday, will present short-term stays to evacuees, reduction staff, refugees, asylum seekers and frontline staff combating the spread of COVID-19.

Amongst its preliminary commitments, Airbnb.org is pledging $2 million to increase partnerships with the Worldwide Federation of Pink Cross and Pink Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Group Organized Aid Effort (CORE), two teams serving to help communities hit by the coronavirus pandemic. CORE mentioned it’s going to use to Airbnb.org funding to pay for stays for frontline staff administering COVID-19 exams, conducting contact tracing and, finally, serving to at vaccine distribution facilities.

“Founding and supporting Airbnb.org permits us to double down on our efforts to assist communities in want the world over in coordination with our companions, together with the IFRC and CORE, to additional amplify the generosity of our host group,” mentioned Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb and chairman of Airbnb.org, in a launch. 

Airbnb began its emergency Open Properties program in 2012, the place hosts on the short-term rental platform can open their houses without spending a dime to individuals in instances of want. Open Properties and Frontline, a program to provide temporary housing to COVID-19 responders, will now simply be generally known as Airbnb.org. 

The transfer comes as Airbnb this month is predicted to make its initial public offering

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Carrie Mihalcik