How you can support emergency stays in times of crisis

Learn about and get involved by hosting or donating.
By Airbnb on Jul 6, 2023
3 min read
Updated Jul 6, 2023

When natural disasters or large-scale conflicts force people to flee their homes, one of their most urgent needs is finding a place to stay. Short-term housing gives them space to focus on other priorities and make longer-term plans. You can make an impact by hosting emergency stays or donating to

What is is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates independently of Airbnb. The work started in 2012, when Shell, a Host in Brooklyn, New York, offered her place for free to Hurricane Sandy evacuees. Airbnb asked for support from others in the community, and over 1,000 local Hosts opened their homes to people impacted by the storm.

Inspired by Shell’s actions, Airbnb developed a program that enabled Hosts around the world to offer their places during times of crisis. In 2020, this program became the nonprofit, with its own mission and board of directors. 

Today, works with governments, NGOs, and humanitarian organizations around the world to connect people with temporary places to stay. Funded by donors, it taps into Airbnb’s technology platform and global community of Hosts to respond to natural disasters, conflicts, and other emergencies.

Since 2012, Airbnb and have connected nearly 300,000 people with emergency stays, including refugees from Ukraine and people displaced by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. In the past three years, more than 91,000 Hosts across 189 countries have signed up to house guests. The need for support continues to grow.

How can I donate to

You can make a one-time donation, whether or not you have space to host. If you host regularly on Airbnb, you can give a specified percentage of each payout. Either way, 100% of your donation goes to funding emergency stays (and not’s operational costs).

How do I become an Host?

If you’re an Airbnb Host, you can use a current listing or set up a new one for a different property. You have the option to offer your place for free or at a discount through

You can also sign up to host exclusively through, which means you’ll only host guests in need of emergency stays. In this case you can only offer your place for free. guests stay at no cost to them. Bookings are funded by donations. By offering your place for free or at a discount, you can help donations go farther and provide emergency stays for more people. 

Airbnb waives all its service fees for stays. Reservations are protected by AirCover for Hosts.

Who are guests? guests are often referred or supported by organizations that specialize in crisis response and refugee resettlement. Guests can’t directly apply for an emergency stay through

Guests who are eligible for emergency stays include:

  • People affected by major disasters, and relief workers responding to those disasters in an official capacity.

  • Refugees, or people in the process of seeking asylum, a Special Immigrant Visa, or another immigration status with a similar humanitarian purpose.

Eligible guests may receive an credit to book an emergency stay, or a nonprofit partner may book on behalf of the guests and manage communication with the Host. 

Your space can provide comfort to people in times of crisis. Dima, an guest in Berlin, left Ukraine in 2022. I was so emotional those first days,” Dima says. “I don’t even know which part was more important for me: being in a safe space or just understanding the amount of support that I’m receiving.”

Will guests know I’m an supporter?

Yes. Signing up to offer emergency stays for free or at a discount, or setting up recurring donations from payouts, earns you an supporter badge on your Host profile. 

Millions of people around the world are displaced from their homes due to conflict and disaster. You can make a meaningful difference in the lives of refugees, evacuees, and relief workers by opening your home, or making a donation, to support emergency stays.

Jul 6, 2023
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