With all the recent natural disasters, Airbnb decided to create the 'Airbnb Disaster Response' program to help displaced victims. The platform works just like Airbnb does except for a few exceptions. Properties are listed for free on the site and Airbnb charges no service fees.
When disaster strikes, Airbnb plans to rally its host community and ask for generous souls who are willing to offer free lodging. Victims affected by disaster can then connect on the Disaster Response platform and find emergency lodging. In addition to free housing, Airbnb also hopes the program will help victims find camaraderie and support.
The Disaster Response platform was inspired by generous actions during Hurricane Sandy. Users began listing their homes for free so that those affected could find a place to sleep for the night. Airbnb decided to help similar actions in the future by formalizing the process.