Airbnb Now Letting New Yorkers Offer Free Housing To Displaced Hurricane Victims

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Airbnb is allowing people in New York to provide relief to Hurricane Sandy victims.  The Airbnb program was announced on Twitter by the office of New York Mayor Bloomberg.  As of right now there are around 244 places on Airbnb’s dedicated Hurricane Sandy website.

People that are offering up their homes are being specific about their preferences.  For example, one person in West Village wrote “no pork or shellfish allowed in the kitchen (it’s not easy being jewish?).”

Airbnb is an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals and other short term accommodations with hosts that have an unused space to rent.  The hosts generally are looking to make a few extra bucks.  Airbnb was founded in August 2008 by Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia.