Airbnb To House Up To 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees

Home rental company Airbnb Inc ABNB.O said on Monday its non-profit arm would offer free, temporary housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. 

Chief Executive Brian Officer Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, the chairman of, have sentletters to leaders of Poland, Romania, Germany and Hungary offering help to house the refugees. The countries share borders with Ukraine.

At least 300,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered the European Union so far after Russia invaded the country and the bloc needs to prepare for millions more, senior EU and French officials have said.Read full story, which provides temporary stays for people during crisis, will work closely with governments to help address needs in each country including by providing longer-term stays.

The stays will be funded by Airbnb, donors to the Refugee Fund and hosts of

Several other companies have also offered support to businesses and consumers in Ukraine, with online crafts retailer Etsy Inc ETSY.O waiving balances of about $4 million owed by sellers in the country.

Verizon Communications Inc VZ.N has said it would waive calling charges to Ukraine for some customers, while Britain’s Virgin Media O2 has removed charges for data use in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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