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Airbnb Makes Accommodations Free to People Fleeing Hurricane Florence and Emergency Workers

2018-09-14 06:50
As of Sept. 13, more than 500 hosts opened their homes to evacuees for free in metropolitan areas in North Carolina (Charlotte and Greensboro), South Carolina (Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg), Georgia (Atlanta and Augusta) and Virginia (Charlottesville). The housing will be available until Oct. 1, and all local taxes and fees will also be waived. Those in need of a place to stay must create an Airbnb account if they don’t have one yet, before applying for the housing. The shelter is provided through Airbnb’s “Open Homes Program,” which started in Oct. 2012 when Hurricane Sandy damaged the U.S. East Coast. Since then, over 11,000 people who suffered from natural disasters, conflict or illness received temporary housing through this program.