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From the 6th Annual Shorty Impact Awards commits to provide free housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees

Winner in Humanitarian Aid & Developing Nations

Objectives and Airbnb have been supporting refugees and other displaced people for almost a decade in coordination with non-profit partners. In August, announced it would provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide. The cost of these stays are funded by contributions to by Airbnb and Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky, as well as donors to the Refugee Fund. is working with all nine major US resettlement agencies and other Afghan-led community partners to provide temporary stays to Afghan refugees. will continue to collaborate with resettlement agencies and partners to go where the need goes, and evolve this initiative and support as necessary. 

Strategy and Execution is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out’s charitable purpose. 

Over the past four years, and Airbnb have connected approximately 25,000 refugees – including hundreds participating in the US Special Immigrant Visa Program – to temporary housing. Earlier this year, announced the creation of the $25 million Refugee Fund, to further expand’s support of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide.

When it became abundantly clear that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees here in the United States and elsewhere represented a significant humanitarian crisis – announced it would provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide. 

To meet this goal, is working closely with all nine US resettlement agencies – including longtime partners such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Church World Service (CWS) and HIAS, as well as Afghan-led organizations like Women for Afghan Women.

In addition, Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky and Airbnb co-founder and Chairman of Joe Gebbia met with representatives from these partner organizations and US Under Secretary of State for Civilian, Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, in Washington, DC to thank them, learn more about the challenges they are seeing on the ground, and to better understand how can continue to help meet this moment. 

Gebbia committed to ensuring is embedded within the US resettlement infrastructure and  exploring new programs such as community sponsorship, and Chesky committed to rallying more Hosts to open their homes at a time when housing is critical.


In coordination with its partners, has helped place more than 900 Afghan refugees in temporary housing across the US, including in Sacramento, Seattle, Jersey City, Denver and Dallas. Resettlement agencies expect bookings will increase as more Afghan evacuees move off military bases and into communities where they will resettle.

Airbnb and have been supporting refugees and other displaced people for almost a decade and we look forward to continuing to provide support to Afghan refugees in close coordination with our partners over the coming months and years ahead.


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