Airbnb offering free housing to Hurricane Dorian evacuees and relief workers

Airbnb has launched its “Open Homes Program,” which provides free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The program is available through Sept. 16.

More than 800 Airbnb hosts have opened their doors in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. You can check available listings here.

As of Monday morning, more than 30 Airbnb locations around Florida were available, the bulk of them in areas out of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path. Available locations include St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tallahasse and Miami-Dade.

“Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region,” said Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of global disaster response and relief. “We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”

Airbnb began the program in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has grown exponentially. Hosts volunteer to list their properties — which would be empty during a hurricane anyway — on the platform. The number of listings is expected to grow as Dorian approaches the U.S. mainland.

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Many Airbnb listings in the states highlighted on the map are offering free housing for Hurricane Dorian evacuees and relief workers. The program runs through Sept. 16.
Rene Rodriguez has worked at the Miami Herald in a variety of roles since 1989. He currently writes for the business desk covering real estate and the city’s affordability crisis.