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#Covid19: Airbnb offers free places to stay for French medics

In partnership with the French Government, Airbnb has launched a local expansion of their Open Homes programme to connect medical staff and caregivers battling the coronavirus outbreak in France with free places to stay offered by local Airbnb hosts.
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Across the world, hosts are already mobilising and offering free accommodation to frontline staff fighting the outbreak, as thousands of doctors, nurses, caregivers and social workers join the battle to protect communities and save lives.

Following the launch of a similar initiative in Italy, Airbnb will help connect hosts willing to offer their place for free to medical staff in need of a place to stay close to their place of work.

Airbnb will also waive all fees for the stays and will give €50 to hosts to help with cleaning costs.

Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb director in France said: "Unprecedented times call for unprecedented response and as the world unites to fight the coronavirus outbreak, we have made it our priority as a community to provide what support we can. By standing with our host community to offer free accommodation for caregivers and social workers we hope we can help heroic professionals on the frontlines as they work to protect us all and save lives.

"Our thoughts go to everyone affected by this outbreak and our sincere thanks go to medical staff across the country. We will continue to gather learnings on this initiative to see if they can be applied to other communities across the world."

Julien Denormandie, French Housing Minister, added: "I would like to thank Airbnb for answering my call. I know many French citizens want to help with this crisis. Through this solution, and thanks to their generosity, housing will be provided for healthcare workers and people working in centres helping homeless people, to get closer to their place of work."

This new pilot is part of the Open Homes programme, which provides free, temporary housing to people going through a difficult time. To date, over 50,000 people who have been impacted by disaster, illness, or conflict have found temporary housing thanks to Open Homes hosts around the world.

Are you a host who can make your place available to medical staff?

Register on Airbnb if you have an entire home available for at least 15 days next to a hospital, nursing home or emergency shelter. Importantly for health reasons only entire homes are eligible.

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