Airbnb.org, a nonprofit that says it operates independently from Airbnb, announced that it has committed $5 million to provide free housing on a temporary basis to people displaced by Hurricane Fiona in the Caribbean and Hurricane Ian on the U.S. mainland.
“These stays will be funded by Airbnb and other donors to Airbnb.org,” the group said.
In the U.S. mainland, for example, Airbnb.org said it is collaborating with Global Empowerment Mission and local and state authorities to identify hurricane victims who need housing.
In Puerto Rico, Airbnb.org is working with local organizations that can utilize its grants to house first responders, the organization said.
Meanwhile, Expedia Group donated an unspecified amount of money to Volunteer Florida to help communities that were in Hurricane Ian’s path, an Expedia Group spokesperson said. Part of that effort includes Expedia’s working with Visit Florida to help people find housing.
As it has done in past disasters, Expedia launched an emergency accommodations portal to help people locate available hotels in Florida, for instance.