Many New Yorkers still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy have found a sense of community and a warm bed on Airbnb, the popular lodging site cofounded by Joe Gebbia 05 ID/GD and Brian Chesky 04 ID.
According to a story that aired on NPR last weekend, there’s been an outpouring of support for storm victims on the site. Many of those lucky enough to have homes still intact have been offering lodging for free to others not so lucky.
And according to the story, it isn’t just New Yorkers in need of shelter. People in New Jersey who are still without electricity also need affordable lodging. From the airwaves:
The hardship of life in a storm-damaged city has actually brought New Yorkers closer together. Many people there have volunteered space in their homes to help out those without a place to stay. And the gathering place for connecting them: the internet.
It’s good news to hear.
Airbnb, the popular lodging site cofounded by Joe Gebbia 05 ID/GD and Brian Chesky 04 ID, is providing some much-needed relief for weary New Yorkers still dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and yesterday’s follow-up Nor’easter.
Anyone who normally uses Airbnb to rent space in their homes or find nice lodging for cheap can offer up their digs for free to victims in need of shelter. So far, more than 4,000 guests have been given a roof over their heads.
But Airbnb feels much more can be done. “There are thousands more people in need of shelter,” they note on their blog. “And there are still thousands of people with extra space. It’s time to come together.”
It’s not light out yet here in Providence, but the winds have died down significantly. A great deal of cooperation happened yesterday across our key emergency response units for which I am truly thankful on behalf of the entire RISD community. We have been fortunate as a campus to sustain electrical power, and thus far our ground crews report that all measures taken yesterday assured that our facilities are in good shape today. RISD is closed today in light of the fact that many of our employees coming from Rhode Island and the surrounds have school systems that are closed today which will impact families, and also more than a few homes have unfortunately taken on water in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the hurricane. -JM
PS Dean of Students, Dr. Jerri Drummond, has continued to share that, “All essential services for students continue despite inclement weather which include those provided by Facilities, Public Safety, Dining Services, Central Control Dispatchers and Residence Life staff. Continue to check the http://emergency.risd.edu site for updates throughout the storm.”