As Fort McMurray evacuees struggle to come to terms with what’s going on in their hometown, many people and organizations are trying to lend a helping hand–one of them being Airbnb.
The home-sharing website is showcasing homes and apartments that users are offering to evacuees rent free. In addition, they’re also waiving all services fees until May 21. The special section on the site: airbnb.ca/disaster/ftmcmurraywildfires allows people to either click “I need a place to stay” or “I can offer my space for free.” Many of the postings are located in Edmonton, Alta., which is five hours south of Fort McMurray. Reports have said that possibly 20,000 evacuees are expected to stream into Alberta’s capital. This coordinated effort should help some of them breathe a little easier.
At the time of writing, there are 99 listings of free places available to those affected by the wildfires. We’re sure as more Airbnb users living in the surrounding areas get word, others will start to put their homes up as well.