A month ago, Airbnb and Airbnb.org announced that Airbnb.org would offer free, temporary housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing from Ukraine. Airbnb.org has been working to establish partnerships with international and regional nonprofits active on the ground, who are coordinating stays for refugee guests, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, or how they identify.
As the refugee crisis grows, with more than three million people now having fled Ukraine, the United States has announced it will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Ukraine into the country. Airbnb.org is coordinating directly with the US federal government as the need is assessed, and is ready to support by providing free, temporary housing to refugees and others who may arrive in the US in the coming months.
Additionally, Airbnb will continue to support Welcome.US – a national effort founded to empower Americans to welcome people seeking refuge in the US, starting with Afghan newcomers who evacuated to the US last year – with Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk serving on its Welcome Council. Welcome.US has now launched a new Ukraine Welcome Hub offering ways for Americans to begin the work of welcoming to the United States those fleeing Ukraine, including by becoming an Airbnb.org host.
Airbnb.org is working with several organisations, including the International Organization for Migration, longtime partner HIAS, Nova Ukraine as well as the government of Germany and Save the Children Sweden to connect people fleeing from Ukraine to free, short-term housing in Europe. More than 1,200 people have now received temporary accommodations through Airbnb.org in Europe.
Over the last month, Airbnb.org has received an overwhelmingly positive response from individuals looking to assist this effort. More than 28,600 people have signed up to offer their homes to refugees through Airbnb.org, including more than 17,800 across Europe and more than 5,800 in the US.
Additionally, Airbnb.org has also received more than $6.8 million in small-dollar, direct donations from a total of more than 73,000 individual donors across 95 countries. Inspired by this generosity, Airbnb’s co-founders – Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk and his wife Elizabeth – have personally committed to match up to $10 million in donations to Airbnb.org from March 15, 2022 through March 31, 2022.
Airbnb and Airbnb.org have been supporting refugees and other displaced people for almost a decade, in collaboration with governments and organisations across the world. Over the past five years, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have connected approximately 55,000 refugees and asylees to temporary housing through Airbnb.org partners. Since August, around 24,000 Afghan newcomers received free, temporary housing through Airbnb.org, in partnership with the US government, all nine US resettlement agencies, and Afghan-led organisations such as Women for Afghan Women.
Anyone who is interested in supporting Airbnb.org’s initiative to help refugees fleeing Ukraine can go to airbnb.org/help-ukraine to get involved, including by participating in the donation matching campaign or offering free or discounted stays. Additional updates on the program will be shared at airbnb.org/help-ukraine.