Airbnb launches Open Homes Program for those affected By Hurricane Dorian in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama

Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Airbnb’s Open Homes Program has been launched in the Southeast. The program recruits hosts to provide free temporary housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers deployed to the area impacted by the hurricane. The program is available through Sept. 16.

The Open Homes Program for Hurricane Dorian was first activated on Aug. 28 to help people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new activation area on the U.S. mainland includes the majority of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Alabama.

This concept began in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has 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.