Where will all those Afghan refugees go?
Vacation rental platform Airbnb announced Tuesday it will work to find places for 20,000 exiles through its worldwide network of short-term rental homes, apartments, and rooms offered by owners and marketed through the company.
The effort will be organized by the company’s nonprofit organization, Airbnb.org, to handle similar humanitarian housing efforts involving political and natural disasters.
“Starting today, Airbnb will begin housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free,” CEO Brian Chesky tweeted Tuesday morning. “While we will be paying for these stays, we could not do this without the generosity of our Hosts. To make this happen, we are working closely with Airbnb.org, NGOs, and partners orgs on the ground to support the most pressing needs.”