Airbnb offers free temporary housing for hurricane evacuees

Airbnb offers free temporary housing for hurricane evacuees

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.

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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.

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

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.