Airbnb to provide free short-term housing to 100,000 people in need

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On the heels of Starbucks’ response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order that bans people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars; another company is taking action on ensuring inclusivity.

Online marketplace and homestay network Airbnb is setting a goal to provide short-term housing over the next five years for 100,000 people in need.

In a statement from Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, the founders of Airbnb explain that they will first begin with refugees, disaster survivors, and relief workers.

“To help people around the world facing displacement, we’ll work with our community of hosts to find not just a place to stay, but also a place to feel connected, respected, and a part of a community again,” the statement reads.

In addition, Airbnb has made a financial commitment of contributing USD$4 million over the course of four years to the International Rescue Committee to support the most critical needs of displaced populations globally.

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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