California’s Airbnb to California’s Airbnb to Provide Temporary Housing for 20,000 Afghan RefugeesTemporary Housing for 20,000 Afghan Refugees

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San Francisco-based vacation rental company Airbnb announced Tuesday it will provide temporary housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide.

The effort will be funded by Airbnb, its chief executive Brian Chesky, and donations to its charity Airbnb.org, the company said in a blog post.

“We are providing this housing through resettlement agencies and partners, who are in direct coordination with refugees and are advising on their needs for length of stay,” a company spokeswoman said.

“While we are only providing temporary (not permanent) housing, we are committed to housing these families for as long as they need.”

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last week as the United States and its allies withdrew troops from the country. The United States and its allies are racing to complete the evacuation of all foreigners and vulnerable Afghans before the expiry of an Aug. 31 deadline agreed with the Taliban.

Over the past weekend, Airbnb has worked with partners to place 165 refugees in safe housing shortly after they landed in the United States, Airbnb said.

U.S. military and coalition flights evacuated 21,600 people from Kabul in a 24-hour period since early Monday, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Reuters | Contributed

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