Airbnb to Offer Free Housing to Refugees, Blocked Travelers
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has announced that the company will work to provide free housing for those affected by travel restrictions resulting from a Trump administration executive order issued Friday.
Presumably, the Airbnb initiative would be aimed at helping travelers unexpectedly stuck outside of the U.S. On Saturday, travelers from restricted countries were detained in U.S. airports or blocked from boarding U.S.-bound planes. That included U.S. green card holders and other legal residents.
Airbnb now operates globally, with less than 20% of its listings located in the U.S.
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Chesky had earlier criticized the travel ban on ethical grounds.
Lyft has pledged a $1 million donation to the ACLU, which has fought the travel ban, and Uber has committed funds to aid impacted drivers. But Airbnb’s pledge could become the broadest move by a tech company to provide direct aid to those affected.
The company’s customer support team promised further details to come.