Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they’re offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment.
The San Francisco-based company aims to provide free housing to 20,000 additional Afghan refugees, bringing the total to 40,000 since it started the initiative last month, it said in a statement. “Thanks to the generosity of our hosts and donors from across the country and around the world, Airbnb.org will have the capacity to go above and beyond its initial commitment to house 20,000 Afghan refugees,” it said.
“If demand for housing aligns with supply in communities where refugees are resettling, these new resources could help provide housing for an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees,” Airbnb said. The company said the refugee stays are being funded by contributions to Airbnb.org from Airbnb and Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, as well as donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.
In addition to stays funded by Airbnb.org, the company said 5,000 hosts have offered to provide free and discounted stays to Afghan refugees so far. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Tweeted the following; “The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up.” Chesky added: “I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There’s no time to waste.”
Texas Medical Technology, a supplier and distributor of medical equipment, said it plans to hire 100 Afghan refugees within a year at a 144,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Houston. It hopes to have employed 10 Afghan refugees by the end of the month.
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