Charlottesville Area Airbnbs Helps People Displaced by Hurricane Dorian
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Several Airbnb hosts in the Charlottesville area are preparing to help shelter people from Hurricane Dorian for free.
The Opens Homes Program began as a disaster tool after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Since then, Airbnb has created a system where hosts, as well as the company, waive any fees for those in need during a disaster.
The Head of Global Disaster Response for Airbnb Kellie Bentz says the company works with other organizations to make sure people are evacuated to the safest possible places.
In order for us to figure out what area to activate first, we typically work with local, state, and national partners so we try to follow where emergency management agencies are asking people to evacuate where they believe is safe," Bentz said.
Right now, four Airbnb hosts in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area are participating in the Open Homes Program.
Because of Dorian's uncertain path, Airbnb is constantly updating the areas where hosts can opt in for the Open Homes Program. To make your Airbnb space available for evacuees, click here.