Airbnb extends free housing program for Hurricane Irma, Maria evacuees

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Airbnb extends free housing program for Hurricane Irma, Maria evacuees

Within the last several weeks, a slew of natural disasters have hit parts of the United States and the Caribbeans. Luckily, many businesses, including Airbnb, have lended a helping hand.

Now the hospitality service is stepping in even more, because it’s extending its disaster response program, which offers free housing during catastrophes, for an additional two weeks for Hurricane evacuees displaced from the storms. 

The company announced the news earlier this week, revealing that the program will last through Oct. 12.

The decision “was made in consultation with disaster management officials, who determined the extension was helpful in facilitating continued housing for those who cannot yet return to their homes due to the impact of Hurricane Irma,” Airbnb said in a statement. 

It also noted the program is available to emergency relief officials and Puerto Rico natives who have evacuated due to Hurricane Maria.

So far, more than 230 residents in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida have offered their homes to those in need.

Learn more about the initiative here

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