Airbnb offering free housing to Australia fire victims

Airbnb is joining the ever-growing list of major companies to assist the victims of Australia’s devastating bushfires, announcing that it will offer free emergency housing to those affected by the crisis.

The disastrous fires, which are expected to continue for months, have already claimed at least 25 lives, in addition to killing millions of animals and costing thousands of people their homes.

Now, the online lodging brand is offering relief for those in need of a place to stay. Through its Open Homes program, Airbnb is providing free housing for families in both Victoria and New South Wales, two of the Australian provinces that have suffered greatly from the crisis.

The emergency housing lasts from Jan. 1 to Jan. 16. Those in need can simply apply via Airbnb’s website (using this page for Victoria residents and this one for New South Wales). Applicants simply need to input the dates in which they need housing, plus the number of adults and children in their family.

According to Airbnb, the program provides: “A spare room or apartment, a comfortable bed, basic amenities and toiletries, availability for 2 or more days in a row.”

Several other companies, such as Qantas Airlines, the National Australia Bank and Virgin Australia have also donated to bushfire relief efforts. Additionally, celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Iggy Azalea and Leonardo DiCaprio have donated.

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