• Airbnb offers free temporary housing for hurricane evacuees

    By: Mark Barber

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Airbnb has activated its Open Homes Program for Hurricane Florence evacuees, volunteers and first responders looking for a place to stay.

    The program allows residents and aid workers to find temporary accommodations with Airbnb hosts who open their homes free of charge.

    [RELATED: FLORENCE UPDATES: 'Monster' hurricane's track shifts slightly south]

    Here's how it works:

    Homeowners create an account and decide how long they would like to open their homes to guests. 

    Evacuees and relief workers looking for a place to stay can scroll through the free listings and the site will connect them to a homeowner.

    [RELATED: Hurricane Florence: These airlines will waive fees for flights impacted by storm]

    Channel 9 found nearly a dozen places available in Charlotte and several more between metro Charlotte and Greensboro.

    [RELATED: Charlotte Motor Speedway to welcome evacuees from Florence]

    The service is free and available through Oct. 1.

    Airbnb's disaster relief program started in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, since then they've provided housing to people during 250 disasters worldwide.

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