Introducing the Airbnb Policy Tool Chest

As our community grows, we appreciate the opportunity and responsibility to work with local governments to craft progressive, fair rules for home sharing. With this in mind, we are releasing the Airbnb Policy Tool Chest, a resource for governments to consider as they draft or amend these rules.

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Meet Airbnb Citizen

Today, we are introducing AirbnbCitizen.com, home sharing’s new home. Building on the foundation of AirbnbAction.com, Citizen remains a tool for advocacy but is now a more expansive site for the growing home sharing movement, offering resources for staying informed and taking action.

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Empowering hosts in a time of automation

Policymakers in many countries in which we operate are confronting the loss of jobs to automation. One recent estimate has artificial intelligence potentially replacing between one third and nearly half of jobs in the US, UK and Japan within a few decades. Even as technology overhauls many workplaces, Airbnb remains a people-to-people platform.

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Report: How home sharing opens doors to opportunity for immigrants

A new report from the National Immigration Forum, a leading immigrant-advocacy group, offers real-life examples of how home sharing is providing immigrants with a new avenue of resources they may otherwise lack—resources they can use to start a business, advance their education, improve their home, pay their bills and even travel back to the home country they left.

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Airbnb's Disaster Response program in action

In response to recent wildfires in western North Carolina, “Airbnb announced [November 18] that they have activated a disaster response to aid those affected by the string of wildfires burning across the foothills and mountains,” the Citizen-Times reports. “The disaster response tool connects local residents who have been displaced and are in need of urgent accommodations with Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge. Fire evacuees in certain hazardous areas of the state find temporary accommodations free of charge through December 16. Airbnb’s award-winning Disaster Response program helps hosts open their homes to people displaced by disasters, as well as to aid workers, and has activated over 3,000 listings to date. The program is currently active in Tennessee, New Zealand, and Costa Rica as well.

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