March 26, 20 - 3:03 pm - LABS

Airbnb will subsidize housing for COVID-19 healthcare workers

Even with the travel industry being one of the most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, home rental giant Airbnb has announced this Thursday (26), a new global initiative to afford “free or subsidized housing” for 100,000 healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders around the world. Airbnb will waive all fees for stays arranged through this initiative, according to a company press release.

Image: Airbnb’s Instagram account

Thanks to this timely and generous support, we can direct more funds to provide medical care, medical supplies, mental health services, and training and education on infection prevention and control while helping ensure our staff members have a place to go home to.

Nancy Aossey, President and CEO of International Medical Corps

With two pilot programs in Italy and France, after the home rental platform announcement that healthcare professionals fighting the pandemic could access free accommodation, nearly 6,000 hosts across both countries have offered their homes. “Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help,” said Airbnb’s Co-founder Joe Gebbia. “We’ve heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders. We are connecting our nonprofit partners, government agencies and others with our incredible host community to work together in these extraordinary times.”