It’s been a little while since superstorm Sandy ripped its way through the east coast of the United States, and unfortunately, people out there are still suffering. Popular bed and breakfast finder Airbnb is teaming up with New York City and Mayor Bloomberg to help people displaced by Hurricane Sandy find a warm place to sleep. It’s good to see a company like Airbnb giving back to the community during a time of need, and it’s even better to see the number of people who are willing to loan their property to help suffering individuals.
Airbnb created a special section on its site where people can browse the living spaces available to hurricane victims for free. Airbnb is collecting no fees for these listings, so it is truly an act of good faith on Airbnb. The amount of places listed on the page is truly staggering, and it’s quite heartwarming to see how many people are willing to lend a hand, even if all they have to offer is a couch for someone to sleep on. People are willing to put themselves out to help others, and that’s something special to behold. As of this writing, 288 Airbrb members have opened their homes for hurricane victims.
There is also a page where you can go to offer up your place to help people in need. The listing process is the same as creating any listing on the website; the only difference is that you do not set a price, as you are offering the space for free.
If you are looking for a place to stay, or are interested in loaning your space but still have some questions, Airbnb has put up a handy blog post that will give you all the information you need.