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AirBnB Offering Harvey Refugees Free Lodging

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Airbnb has announced that they will be waiving fees for people fleeing from Hurricane Harvey on the lower Texas coast.

The service, which normally coordinates vacation lodgings in the private homes, will connect displaced local residents, as well as emergency workers and volunteers, with local Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge.

Airbnb's Disaster Response Program has been activated in San Antonio, Austin, and DFW to help storm evacuees from now through September 1. 

Kellie Bentz, head of Global Disaster Response and Relief, said, “One of the programs we provide is activating our hosts [who] open their homes for zero dollars for those that evacuate, for responders that are deploying in to prepare to respond, or that will be responding.”  

She says the program gives refugees a place to stay for “a few nights to a few weeks” while they get back on their feet.

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