Airbnb Is Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims To Find Shelter
People have to evacuate their homes in the face of Hurricane Harvey, so Airbnb is helping those affected by the storm with finding a place to stay.
Hurricane Harvey, which has been anywhere from a Category 2 to a Category 3 storm, has flooded major parts of Houston, Texas and has already claimed numerous lives. As people from all over the area are trying to stay and protect themselves, house rental site Airbnb are coming to the rescue by helping those who had to evacuate their homes to find temporary shelter.
Airbnb is waiving all service fees for evacuees checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 1. In addition to that, Airbnb is working to pair evacuees with homeowners who are willing to host people for free during the storm. The company’s website currently lists home and rooms that are available at no cost. “Collaborating with regional disaster relief organizations in advance of an event allows us to reach a broader audience and help more people during the actual event,” the statement reads on Airbnb’s website.
“That is why we are pleased to partner with local government agencies and disaster relief organization to help the Airbnb community and the cities prepare for local emergencies.” For those unaware, Harvey has become a “life-threatening storm” and has flooded major parts of the city. This is the first such storm to strike the U.S. in 12 years.