Airbnb hosts are opening up their homes to more than 20,000 Afghan refugees. Here’s how you can get involved.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 8, 2021, file photo, the Airbnb app icon is seen on an iPad screen, in Washington. Airbnb said Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, that it narrowed its second-quarter loss to $68 million and saw an increase in bookings, but the company warned that new variants of COVID-19 will make future bookings and cancellations harder to predict. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (Patrick Semansky, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – Airbnb has provided housing to more than 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, including here in Houston.

In a news release Thursday, Airbnb said the need for temporary housing has increase drastically and has continued to grow, especially in the U.S. alone.

An estimated 65,000 refugees are expected to arrive by the end of September, and as many of 30,000 more in the year to come, Airbnb said.

Afghan refugees who stay at an Airbnb-hosted home will have waived fees and reduced costs for their stay.

The company said in the release that they are still accepting new hosts as the need for temporary housing grows.

If you are an Airbnb host and would like to host an Afghan refugee, you can apply here. You can also help here.


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