Governor Josh Green, M.D. and Airbnb.org have announced a commitment to provide free, temporary stays for at least 1,000 people displaced by the Maui wildfires. Airbnb.org will work with its network of Airbnb Hosts and organizations in the state of Hawaiʻi to connect people to temporary housing in the coming days and weeks.
We are so incredibly appreciative of the outpouring of community support for Maui in offering their properties to house those deeply affected by the Maui fires. This is aloha in action.
With thousands in need of temporary housing following the devastating wildfires in Maui, Airbnb.org will work with nonprofit organizations like Maui Economic Opportunity to connect people with temporary housing. Airbnb.org is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis.
Since the fires began, Airbnb.org has been in close conversations with Governor Green, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Human Services, and the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency to assess needs on the ground and determine how best to provide support. Based on the guidance received, Airbnb.org is working to connect people impacted by the wildfires with emergency stays in parts of Maui and the surrounding areas that are deemed safe. These stays are funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to Airbnb.org, and the generosity of Airbnb.org Hosts.
How it will work
Stays for people in need of temporary housing will be facilitated by Airbnb staff volunteers, Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO), Global Empowerment Mission (GEM), and other trusted nonprofits and government entities, who will review the eligibility of potential guests and help connect them with stays.
We are so grateful for our collaboration with Airbnb.org. We’ve been on the ground in Maui since day 2 of the historic fires. The most important need here is housing. This short-term housing program gives families an ability to leave shelters and start the stabilization and healing process for the next phase of their lives.
—Michael Capponi, Founder and President, Global Empowerment Mission
How to help
Governor Green and Airbnb.org urge compassionate people interested in supporting this effort to:
- Offer a place to stay: Anyone with a home or spare room in the state of Hawaiʻi can make it available to survivors for free or at a discount by signing up with Airbnb.org.
- Donate to Airbnb.org: You can also donate to Airbnb.org and help fund emergency stays. 100 percent of donations go toward covering the cost of temporary stays for survivors of the wildfires and other crises.
Airbnb.org does not currently accept requests from individuals for direct emergency assistance. All stays for displaced residents will be coordinated through Airbnb.org’s network of trusted nonprofits and government entities.
The commitment in Maui is part of Airbnb.org’s work to support communities impacted by natural disasters and large-scale crises around the world.
To learn more about Airbnb.org and how to support survivors of the Maui wildfires, visit airbnb.org/maui_fires.