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Host newcomers who are moving to your city
Offer free, temporary housing to people who need a place to call home.
Open Homes · Refugee Housing
Host newcomers who are moving to your city
Offer free, temporary housing to people who need a place to call home.
Refugees moving to a new city face many challenges. Though many of them have the support of a caseworker, stable housing can be hard to come by. Having free, temporary housing gives them peace of mind while they start their new life.

Your home could help someone get settled into their new community.

Your home could help someone get settled into their new community.

Refugees moving to a new city face many challenges. Though many of them have the support of a caseworker, stable housing can be hard to come by. Having free, temporary housing gives them peace of mind while they start their new life.
I wanted to give something back, and I think I got much more back myself.
Els
Open Homes Host
I wanted to give something back, and I think I got much more back myself.
Els
Open Homes Host

Who you’d help

Refugees
Refugees have been granted asylum and are starting the process of settling into their new city with the support of our non-profit partners. You’d help welcome them into your community while they build up their support network and transition into long-term housing.
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers have already requested asylum in your country. Though they have support from our non-profit partners, this process is uncertain and can take a while. You’d provide a safe and stable place for them to stay while their case is reviewed.
Refugees
Refugees have been granted asylum and are starting the process of settling into their new city with the support of our non-profit partners. You’d help welcome them into your community while they build up their support network and transition into long-term housing.
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers have already requested asylum in your country. Though they have support from our non-profit partners, this process is uncertain and can take a while. You’d provide a safe and stable place for them to stay while their case is reviewed.

How it works

Marie
Paris, France
Born and raised in Paris, I am passionate about opening my space and providing a safe and comfortable environment.
1
Create a profile
Your profile will help our non-profit partners match you with their clients. You’ll be asked for details like your full name, profile photo, and email address. You can also share why you care about this cause.
Marie
Paris, France
Born and raised in Paris, I am passionate about opening my space and providing a safe and comfortable environment.
1
Create a profile
Your profile will help our non-profit partners match you with their clients. You’ll be asked for details like your full name, profile photo, and email address. You can also share why you care about this cause.
2
Create a listing
Tell us about your space! Let us know where it’s located, how many people it can accommodate, and when it’s available. If you’re already a host, you can choose an existing listing.
Entire home
A home to help
3 guests
Studio
2 beds
1 bath
Entire home
A home to help
3 guests
Studio
2 beds
1 bath
2
Create a listing
Tell us about your space! Let us know where it’s located, how many people it can accommodate, and when it’s available. If you’re already a host, you can choose an existing listing.
Hi Marie,
I work for an organisation that helps newcomers that have lost their homes and are trying to restart their lives.
3
Respond to requests
Our non-profit partners make bookings on behalf of their clients, and they will message you if they think your place is a good fit. You can ask questions, agree on logistics, and set expectations about the stay before anything is official.
Hi Marie,
I work for an organisation that helps newcomers that have lost their homes and are trying to restart their lives.
3
Respond to requests
Our non-profit partners make bookings on behalf of their clients, and they will message you if they think your place is a good fit. You can ask questions, agree on logistics, and set expectations about the stay before anything is official.
4
Get ready to host
You can work directly with our non-profit partners to figure out how to best prepare for your guest’s arrival. The Open Homes Help Centre includes links to resources and answers to commonly asked questions, and our team is here to support you if you have any questions as you get ready to host.
4
Get ready to host
You can work directly with our non-profit partners to figure out how to best prepare for your guest’s arrival. The Open Homes Help Centre includes links to resources and answers to commonly asked questions, and our team is here to support you if you have any questions as you get ready to host.

What you need to host

Your role is just to provide guests with a welcoming space and help answer any questions that come up.
  • A spare room or guest house
  • A comfortable bed
  • Basic amenities and toiletries
  • Availability for 2 weeks or more

What you need to host

Your role is just to provide guests with a welcoming space and help answer any questions that come up.
  • A spare room or guest house
  • A comfortable bed
  • Basic amenities and toiletries
  • Availability for 2 weeks or more

Who we partner with

We’ve partnered with organisations, both global and local, to truly understand the communities we serve and how to best help them. These registered non-profits use Open Homes to find accommodation for their clients and help provide support for hosts during a stay.

How we support you

We know this can feel like a big commitment. That’s why we do our best to offer resources and protections before and during a stay.
24/7 phone support and resources
You’re not in this alone. In addition to Airbnb’s 24/7 customer support team, you’ll have access to a specialised team for any questions about an Open Homes reservation.
Reimbursements for property damage
Though accidental damage is rare, we understand you may need protection. The Host Guarantee will reimburse every host for property damages up to $1,000,000.

When we were living at the Airbnb, other neighbours started to talk to us and meet us - they offered help. It’s like a planet, inside this community. It’s like a dream for us.
Mousa
Open Homes guest in Denver
When we were living at the Airbnb, other neighbours started to talk to us and meet us - they offered help. It’s like a planet, inside this community. It’s like a dream for us.
Mousa
Open Homes guest in Denver

Your questions answered

What is Open Homes?

Open Homes connects people with a free place to stay in times of need. The idea for Open Homes came from Airbnb hosts in 2012. After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, hosts decided to offer their homes for free to neighbours who were forced to evacuate. Inspired by their generosity, Open Homes became an official part of Airbnb.

Since then, it’s expanded to support evacuees, relief workers, medical patients, refugees and asylum seekers. We partner with trusted nonprofits like Mercy Corps, the International Rescue Committee, and the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation to develop the programme and connect their clients with a free place to stay in times of need.

Open Homes stays are always free for the guests. Some hosts choose to host Open Homes stays for free by signing up with the Open Homes community. If you haven't signed up to host guests for free on Open Homes, you'll still receive your usual payment for your listing when you have an Open Homes booking. Airbnb waives all service fees for these reservations.

Who can host on Open Homes?

Open Homes hosts have many of the same expectations as regular Airbnb hosts. Hosts must meet Airbnb’s hospitality standards, which include accurately representing your listing and availability, as well as providing a safe, secure, and clean space for guests. All hosts and guests are required to uphold Airbnb’s community standards.

Almost anyone can sign up to be an Open Homes host. The listings available on the site are as diverse as the hosts who list them, and you can post shared spaces, private rooms, or entire homes. Find out more about home types to see how to describe your space.

Sometimes a staff member from one of our nonprofit partners will book on behalf of their client and may have additional requests based on their client’s needs. In these cases, the nonprofit staff member will communicate with the host ahead of time to make sure your space is a good fit.

Who is eligible to book on Open Homes?

Open Homes provides free places to stay for people in times of need. The program supports evacuees, relief workers, medical patients and their caregivers, refugees and asylum seekers.

Disaster relief

In the aftermath of a disaster, there is a critical need for temporary housing. You can help your community rebuild by offering a place to stay to neighbors who have had to flee their homes, as well as relief workers deployed to help. In this instance, people affected by the disaster and relief workers have the ability to search for and book an Open Homes listing directly for themselves.

In order to book, guests must confirm that they’ve been impacted by the disaster or are a relief worker responding in an official capacity. They also agree to our Community Standards and the Airbnb Terms of Service.

Learn more about Disaster relief stays.

Medical stays

Every day, people travel far from home for medical treatment. They may be receiving care, supporting a patient, or healing with family during a difficult time. As a host, you can offer someone the comfort and space they need to recover. In this instance, guests can search for and book an Open Homes listing directly for themselves, or a nonprofit staff member may make the booking on their behalf.

Learn more about Medical stays.

Refugee housing

There are many barriers for people who are trying to rebuild their lives in a new place. Before settling into permanent housing, refugees and asylum-seekers need to finalize paperwork, search for jobs, and find a temporary place to stay. You can support them by offering a comfortable space at a critical time. In this instance, guests can only be booked on Open Homes by a nonprofit staff member making the booking on their behalf. All guests have the legal status of a recognized refugee entitled to international protection as determined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and/or have begun the process of seeking asylum in the country where they currently reside.

Learn more about Refugee housing.

If you are eligible, you must have a verified account on Airbnb in order to book on Open Homes. To create your account, go to airbnb.com and click Sign Up. You’ll be asked to verify your birthday, email and phone number, as well as upload a government issued ID. You might also be prompted to upload a payment method - this is simply for account verification, you will not be charged for an Open Homes reservation.

How to search for Medical or Refugee stays:

  1. Once you’ve been referred to Open Homes by a trusted nonprofit partner, go to Airbnb.com.
  2. Enter your destination, travel dates, and number of guests.
  3. Click Search.
  4. If you want, use the filters (for example, number of bedrooms) to narrow your options. Click More Filters to see all available filters.
  5. Scroll through the listings or use the map to find listings in the location you want.
  6. Click on a listing to open it. To learn more about it, read the description, check the available amenities, review the House Rules, and see reviews that other guests have left for the host.
  7. Contact the host to ask questions.
  8. If you’re ready to book, request to book the listing.

How to search for Disaster Relief Stays:

  1. Visit the Open Homes Disaster Relief Page.
  2. Select the Option Find A Place to Stay.
  3. Select the Disaster Event you are impacted by.
  4. Select Find Housing.
  5. Use the filters (for example, number of bedrooms) to narrow your options. Click More Filters to see all available filters.
  6. Scroll through the listings or use the map to find listings in the location you want.
  7. Click on a listing to open it. To learn more about it, read the description, check the available amenities, review the House Rules, and see reviews that other guests have left for the host.
  8. Contact the host to ask questions.
  9. If you’re ready to book, request to book the listing.
  10. You’ll be required to complete an additional step on the booking page to confirm your eligibility for Open Homes.

Once the reservation is accepted by the host, you’ll receive a confirmation email as well as the listing address and host’s phone number. If questions arise before check in, use the Contact host link to keep in communication with the host.

Learn more about Airbnb’s guest standards.

How do I prepare for Open Homes guests?

Whether you signed up to host for free on Open Homes or have received an Open Homes booking request, here are a few things to keep in mind to help you prepare for your guests:

  • Communicate clearly
  • Try to learn about their needs and how you can help make their stay more comfortable
  • Unlike regular guests on Airbnb, Open Homes guests are often traveling due to unexpected and difficult circumstances. Remember that everyone responds differently and has different needs
  • Make sure you’re accessible to your guests and easy to communicate with
  • Explain the check-out time and process to your guests beforehand. Include your expectations about cleaning the listing, if any

Hosting an Open Homes stay can be different across programs. Many guests referred by a nonprofit will have the support of a staff member throughout. You can learn more on our dedicated sites:

Learn more about Airbnb’s hosting standards.

How do I contact support for Open Homes?

A dedicated support team is available to all hosts, guests and nonprofit partners for issues and questions related to Open Homes reservations 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Contact us by emailing openhomessupport@airbnb.com. Airbnb’s community support specialists are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What to do if you feel unsafe during a stay

If you encounter an emergency situation, or if your personal safety is threatened during a stay, contact local police or emergency services immediately.

If you need help from Airbnb with a safety concern, contact our Trust and Safety team.

Before the start of the stay, you can also read our safety tips.

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