NY City and Airbnb have created a partnership to help connect victims of Hurricane Sandy with free short-term housing. According to the Huffington Post, Airbnb reported that it would not recoup commission fees from free listings in NY post-hurricane. The Airbnb site has seen last-minute bookings rapidly increase since the storm. Additionally, more than 100 members of the Airbnb community in NY volunteered to offer their homes for free to people affected by the Hurricane.
One poster, who was offering an apartment for free with five sleeping arrangements, wrote, “You’re more than welcome to stay through the storm. People have helped me when I was screwed, and I really want to offer what I can to help you.” Another poster offering her upper East side apartment wrote, ““Hopefully this will workout and I can keep someone from dealing with the darkness downtown or being in a shelter until things begin to turn around. I welcome the company!”