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Airbnb Offers Free Rentals to the Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:18
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Written By: Anand Rajendran for TWB

The government ordered millions of residents in the southeastern U.S to vacate their places due to the dangerous hurricane have approached the city. The home sharing platform, Airbnb has decided to help the people whose houses were affected by the dangerous storm.

While, Hurricane Matthew moved to Florida’ east coast before affecting the regions of Georgia and South California. Though the storm has weakened, the impacts it created takes days to recover and it has left millions of people without power.

The storm has threatened the lives of millions of people who live I and around the coastline. So, Airbnb has decided to implement its disaster response program, which allows the volunteers to keep their gates open for the people who lost their homes in the flood. Airbnb has decided to provide free of cost accommodation for the people in need.

More than 3000 listings were activated in the relief program across the world. Even the full villa is available for free of cost in some areas. In addition to Airbnb, many such similar companies have come up with the idea to help the people who lost their homes and properties in the flood. Comfy Couch has decided to offer any type of accommodation needed.

Nick Shapiro, the spokesperson of Airbnb said that, the company encourages the hosts in the safe areas to list the available spaces such as the homes or rooms in the platform, in order to help the increasing number of people who leave their places to safeguard their lives. This was the first dangerous hurricane threat in the area that has been seen over the years. The company has hopes that, they can be the small part in making the rescue process easier for the residents and also their families. And the company has assured that, they will help the people who are affected by the flood with the best of their ability.

When the hurricane Sandy affected the New York City in 2012, about 1000 hosts opened their homes for the people of the affected by the hurricane for the free of cost. Continue reading 

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