While it's uncertain where the Afghan refugees will eventually be resettled, Airbnb's decision to house them temporarily will undoubtedly give them a new lease on life after being evacuated — and the homesharing giant PR bonafides.
Home rental company Airbnb Inc said on Tuesday it would provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide.
The effort will be funded by Airbnb, its chief executive, Brian Chesky, and donations to its charity Airbnb.org, the company said in a blog.
“We are providing this housing through resettlement agencies and partners, who are in direct coordination with refugees and are advising on their needs for length of stay,” a company spokeswoman said.
“While we are only providing temporary (not permanent) housing, we are committed to housing these families for as long as they need.”
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last week as the United States and its allies withdrew troops from the country. The United States and its allies are racing to complete the evacuation of all foreigners and vulnerable Afghans before the expiry of an Aug. 31 deadline agreed with the Taliban.
Over the past weekend, Airbnb.org has worked with partners to place 165 refugees in safe housing shortly after they landed in the United States, Airbnb said.
U.S. military and coalition flights evacuated 21,600 people from Kabul, Afghanistan in a 24-hour period since early Monday, a White House official said on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
Photo credit: 20,000 Afghan refugees will have temporary housing thanks to Airbnb. Tim Collins / Wikimedia Commons