Airbnb: Open Homes Platform Medical Stays
Airbnb will expand their Open Homes platform to include medical stays, allowing hosts in the United States and around the world to open their homes for free to those traveling for medical treatment or respite. Airbnb’s mission is to help create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and the goal of Open Homes is to extend belonging to those in the greatest need. Prior to today’s commitment, Open Homes was available for refugee resettlement and for those displaced by natural disasters, and the company has made a commitment to house 100,000 people in need by 2022. Medical stays represent a significant expansion of this program and will further contribute to this goal. Many people need to travel for medical reasons, and too often the cost of temporary accommodations can be a major barrier to accessing life-saving treatment or critical respite during recovery. That’s why the company will initially work with partners including Fisher House Foundation to help provide accommodations for military and veterans’ families traveling to medical facilities for critical treatment, as well as Hospitality Homes, an organization focused on short term housing solutions for patients seeking treatment in the Boston, MA area. The program will also continue to support Make-A-Wish by providing travel accommodations for wishes, which offer children and their families a joyful respite from their battle with critical illnesses. Airbnb will pilot the medical stays program with these initial partners, with the eventual goal to onboard more partners both domestically and abroad to expand the impact.