Airbnb opens up free temporary housing for residents affected by Hurricane Michael

Florida: Airbnb is opening up free temporary housing for people across Northern and Central Florida in preparation for Hurricane Michael, as part of its Open Homes Program.

The programme was rolled out on 8 October in Florida, Alabama and Georgia and is scheduled to be in place until 29 October at the end of the month.

Shelter will be provided to anyone displaced by the storm as well as to emergency relief workers and volunteers who are coming to assist in the efforts to cope with Hurricane Michael.

An Airbnb press release said that the areas in Greater Jacksonville area and Greater Gainesville as well as all of Central Florida are eligible to take part in the Open Homes Program.

In Alabama, the areas of Greater Mobile, Greater Montgomery, Greater Dothan, Greater Auburn / Opelika and Greater Savannah are also eligible to list their homes for free.

In Georgia, the areas of Greater Savannah, Greater Colombus, Greater Macon and Greater Brunswick can also do the same as part of the program.

Current Airbnb hosts in the eligible areas are being given the option to volunteer their homes and decide how long they want their homes to be listed. So far, over 100 hosts have already volunteered their homes for the program.

Anyone who is seeking shelter in the relevant eligible areas can visit the Airbnb website for more information at https://www.airbnb.com.