Open Your Heart and Your Home

St. Vincent de Paul is partnering with Airbnb to house disaster relief paid staff and volunteers. Airbnb’s Open Homes program enables the community to offer free, temporary housing for those who are displaced and for relief workers who have deployed as part of the disaster recovery process.
Through a combination of donated travel credits and access to the Open Homes platform, St. Vincent de Paul’s disaster volunteers will be able to stay close to communities impacted by disaster and perform critical disaster case management services.
Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and the Open Homes program looks to solve the “anyone” part of their belonging ethos. Whether it’s neighbors evacuating or relief workers deployed to help, a home gives people much-needed space to figure out what’s next. Hosts can play an important role in their community’s response and recovery — just by offering their extra space. Since 2012, hosts have opened their doors to people affected by disasters all over the world.
While providing a tool to enable community members to get involved in philanthropy beyond monetary donations and volunteer time, Airbnb recognizes the critical importance of providing case management services after a disaster and feels that St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services are greatly aligned with providing short-term housing to people in need.  

How it Works

During and directly after a disaster, Airbnb activates the Open Homes program to aid local efforts and address the need for temporary shelter and accommodations.
Hosts who choose to participate have their space listed on our disaster response portal. In addition, guests and hosts in the impacted area have access to Airbnb’s 24/7 customer support and a specialized Open Homes team for any questions about a reservation.
Join a community of generous hosts who are already opening their homes by offering your extra space to people in need of temporary housing. Learn more:

About the Author

Mark Pawloski
Mark is the Airbnb Open Homes Host Recruitment Manager based out of Airbnb Headquarters in San Francisco, California.