Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been spending the last few days visiting shelters and helping people find long term housing with our partners at Airbnb.
We wanted to introduce you to Open Door Houston an initiative to help those in need to get people out of the shelters and into homes. Real homes. Comfy homes.
It’s easy to sign up to host those in need in your home. And it’s easy to sign up to find a place to stay. It’s all done through the Airbnb website and app. As safe and secure as any other transaction on Airbnb.
Our Houston launch has been strong. We are at less than 24 hours live and we already have added 500 new Houston listings. Adding to the 500 we already had in the region/state. It is the highest utilization of our program since we launched a few years ago.
Though we have lots of folks adding listings, the Houston listings are being snapped up faster than we have ever seen (not surprising). And the City is asking us to also support local first responders who have lost their homes.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
Please sign up! Join us in creating something valuable to our friends and community. Helping to share information about the program is key. Specifically please create your own posts and share posts:
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A great way to help your neighbor. Airbnb has launched their disaster program for Hurricane Harvey. Please consider…
Over the next few days, us at New Living will be visiting Houston area shelters to get people signed up. If you want us to visit your shelter, please contact New Living and request for us to visit you there.
Background on Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program:
Houston, surrounding areas of Galveston and Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles and Lafayette have been added as designated areas that people can sign up to offer their homes to evacuees for $0.
Earlier this week, Airbnb activated hosts through our disaster response tool in the areas around San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and just north of Houston, including The Woodlands, College Station and Waco.
The availability of $0 listings is valid through September 25th and currently more than 800 homes are being offered through the program.
In the event of major emergencies like this one, Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program provides a tool to support neighbors helping neighbors, allowing residents who have been displaced — as well as emergency relief workers and volunteers who are coming in to assist –to find temporary housing with local Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge. All service fees are waived.