10 September, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of evacuees fleeing Miami-Dade and Broward counties ahead of Hurricane Irma can now stay at Airbnb properties across northern Florida and Georgia - for free.
Airbnb listings will be free for Hurricane Irma evacuees through September 28 as part of the company's Disaster Response Program.
Airbnb is offering the housing to displaced neighbors and workers who have been deployed to help.
The $0 listings will be available until September 28th. In addition to free listings, service fees and state and local taxes are also waived.
While Airbnb gives its own hosts control over their cancellation policies, Airbnb says that it will intervene if the guest's reasons for canceling includes "significant natural disasters or severe weather incidents impacting the location of destination or location of departure".
As of Thursday afternoon, all available homes were already booked, but more hosts may join the program as the week goes on.
The $0 listings are available in the following Florida counties: Leon, Calhoun, Franklin, Jackson, Liberty, Gadsden, Gulf, Wakulla, Madison, Jefferson and Taylor.
Counties throughout northwest Florida and southern Georgia show listings, and the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan area was added Friday.
Kim Rubey, Airbnb director for Social Good, said the hurricane's looming threat prompted a broader geographical reach.
The hosts may decide how long they wish to list their homes for free within the program activation window (Sept. 7 through September 28).
Airbnb's disaster relief program began in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has since grown into a global disaster response initiative that makes it easy for Airbnb hosts to provide space for people in need when disasters strike, the company stated.