Airbnb providing temporary housing for those affected by flooding

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Airbnb has announced that it’s providing temporary housing to displaced residents and relief workers in regions impacted by flooding.

Airbnb activated its Open Homes Program on March 14 in Nebraska, but has expanded the program to include South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and certain parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The concept for the Open Homes Program initially began in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It’s since grown into a global disaster response initiative that makes it easy for Airbnb hosts to provide space for people in need when disasters strike.

According to Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of Global Disaster Response and Relief, “Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by severe flooding in the Midwest. Through the program, those in need of temporary accommodations can connect with Open Homes hosts in the area free of charge. We encourage hosts to open up their home and those who need housing, to take advantage of the program.”

The program will be open through April 3. For more information, or to help host displaced residents and relief works, visit


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