San Francisco has always been central to the Airbnb story. In fact, the very first Airbnb stay occurred just a few blocks away from where our global headquarters sits today, in an apartment shared by our co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. We are proud to call this city our home, and we know we have a deep responsibility to step up and help find solutions to some of our hometown’s most pressing issues, including homelessness.
Today, there are more than 7,000 homeless people in San Francisco, including 1,000 families without stable housing. While we are proud of the partnerships we’ve developed with organizations dedicated to tackling this issue in the past, including Hamilton Families, SF Marin Food Bank and Larkin Street Youth Services, we know it simply isn’t enough. We have a responsibility to do more.
Over the next three years, Airbnb will commit $5 million to address the homelessness crisis in San Francisco. This is our hometown and this is our shared responsibility.
Homelessness is a tough and complicated issue and we don’t pretend to have the answers. We are working with a coalition of experts from across government, community organizations and other private sector entities to ensure these funds are directed to the most pressing and urgent needs. Over the coming weeks and months, we will share more about how these funds are being used.
Airbnb is lucky to call San Francisco our hometown and we share in the responsibility to ensure San Francisco continues to be a city open to everyone, and a city that works together to tackle our most difficult issues.