Airbnb said Monday that it offers free temporary housing to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.
The company will fund these stays with the help of Airbnb hosts and donations to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.
More than 500,000 Ukrainians have fled since the start of the war, according to the Associated Press. Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN said on Monday that Kyiv still hopes for a diplomatic settlement with Russia, even as Moscow sends more troops and weapons to its border.
“We need help to achieve this goal,” Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Cesky said on Twitter. “The greatest need is for more people who could offer their homes in nearby countries, including Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania,” Cesky wrote on Twitter.
This initiative is part of Airbnb’s efforts to support refugees through the nonprofit organization Airbnb.org.
In September, the company said it planned to provide free short-term housing for 40,000 Afghan refugees, twice the original 20,000 target announced in August. As of last week, Airbnb said it had provided housing to 21,300 Afghan refugees.
Over the past five years, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have provided 54,000 refugees and asylum seekers from many countries, including Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan. His refugee fund started working last year.
Airbnb does not specify how much the company plans to spend on recent commitments and how long the refugees will stay. More information on how hosts can support this initiative, such as offering free or discounted accommodation, will be provided in the coming days, the company said.