Airbnb program to help evacuees and relief workers ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As Hurricane Dorian tears its way through the Bahamas, Airbnb has activated its Open Homes Program to help displaced residents and relief workers deployed to the areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The program— which was created in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy— recruits hosts who are willing to provide their homes for free to displaced residents and disaster relief workers in the activation areas after disasters

The program is currently available through Sept. 15. 

By Monday morning, more than 830 Airbnb hosts have opened their doors across the southeastern United States.

Listings in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina available here.

Verified hosts from all across the Tampa Bay area made up 80 of what was more than 200 listings available across the Sunshine State.

“Airbnb’s Open Homes Program has been activated to assist residents displaced by and relief workers deployed to respond to Hurricane Dorian. Through the program, those in need of temporary accommodations can connect with Open Homes hosts in the area free of charge,” said Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of gobal disaster response and relief. “Since its inception in 2012, the Open Homes program has housed 30,000 people in 61 countries. We hope those in need will take advantage of the program and that those who can open their homes will do so in the days ahead.”

LATEST STORIES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Lyft driver who picked up St. Pete man's dog located, puppy still missing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Lyft driver who picked up St. Pete man's dog located, puppy still missing"

Storm Team 8 Forecast: Warm Friday ahead of a cold front set to cool weekend temps

Thumbnail for the video titled "Storm Team 8 Forecast: Warm Friday ahead of a cold front set to cool weekend temps"

After tragedy, mother spreads message to "move over" for emergency vehicles

Thumbnail for the video titled "After tragedy, mother spreads message to "move over" for emergency vehicles"

Mayors focusing on local issues, not impeachment during DC conference

Thumbnail for the video titled "Mayors focusing on local issues, not impeachment during DC conference"

Full interview: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor in Washington for conference

Thumbnail for the video titled "Full interview: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor in Washington for conference"

Spring Hill couple face losing electricity over $3,086 'damage' claim

Thumbnail for the video titled "Spring Hill couple face losing electricity over $3,086 'damage' claim"

Manatee County man arrested for pointing laser at pilots, deputies say

Thumbnail for the video titled "Manatee County man arrested for pointing laser at pilots, deputies say"

Children & teens should be educated on human trafficking

Thumbnail for the video titled "Children & teens should be educated on human trafficking"

Thailand Veterans contend they are the scientific evidence VA claims it needs to grant benefits

Thumbnail for the video titled "Thailand Veterans contend they are the scientific evidence VA claims it needs to grant benefits"

Hundreds remember 5 women gunned down in bank a year after massacre

Thumbnail for the video titled "Hundreds remember 5 women gunned down in bank a year after massacre"

Sebring SunTrust Bank Reflection Park Dedication

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sebring SunTrust Bank Reflection Park Dedication"

Seminole man faces video voyeurism and child pornography charges

Thumbnail for the video titled "Seminole man faces video voyeurism and child pornography charges"
More Local News

Latest Videos

More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss