Airbnb to offer free temporary housing for hurricane victims

Company also donates $250,000 to disaster relief fund

FILE - The Airbnb app icon is displayed on an iPad screen in Washington, D.C., on May 8, 2021. Airbnb announced Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, that it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party. The company said it has introduced technology that examines the would-be renter's history on Airbnb, how far they live from the home they want to rent, whether they're renting for a weekday or weekend, and other factors. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (Patrick Semansky, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Airbnb is offering free and discounted temporary housing for hurricane victims.

The company announced Sunday, it will use $5 million to give shelter to people in Florida whose homes were lost or severely damaged and for first responders helping in the recovery process.

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The company is working with local nonprofits like Global Empowerment Mission, Core Response, Operation Blessing and Inspiritus to find places for people to stay.

Anyone who is displaced and looking for accommodations can go online to airbnb.com/hurricaneianflorida.

The company also announced it has donated $250,000 to Florida’s disaster relief fund.

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