Airbnb Will Offer Free Housing to Those Affected by President Trump's Travel Ban

The company is asking for volunteers to offer their homes to refugees or others unexpectedly affected by the executive order.

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Airbnb's CEO and cofounder, Brian Chesky, announced that the company will offer free housing to "refugees and anyone not allowed in the U.S." after President Trump signed an executive order (opens in new tab) banning United States admission of all refugees for 120 days. All travel from seven nations (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya) is suspended for 90 days.

The announcement came via a personal tweet from Chesky (opens in new tab) over the weekend:

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While details about the free housing program are still sparse, Chesky encouraged followers to contact him if in urgent need of housing.

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Sunday evening, Chesky shared a link for anyone who's able to host refugees in need of a place to stay. The company states on its website that "If needed, we will reach out to you over the coming days to verify availability and request your support."

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There are no specifics yet on where exactly Airbnb is seeking homes for those in need of a place to stay, but the signup form for volunteers offering to make their home available requests basic information such as room type, number of available rooms, number of available beds and address (with a full dropdown menu of countries to choose from).

Airbnb is just one of multiple companies that have made a statement after President Trump signed the executive order. Starbucks stated it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years (opens in new tab), while Lyft pledged to make a donation of $1 million (opens in new tab) to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

If you'd like to offer your home for refugees and others affected by the recent travel ban, you can sign up on Airbnb here (opens in new tab).

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Kelsey Kloss
Kelsey Kloss