"Privacy and Good Peeps in NYC!"
"Free Sandy Housing -Airbeds!!!"
"Port in the Storm* Sandy Refugees"
These are just a few of the listings for free apartments, rooms, and airbeds on Airbnb, an online vacation rental service, that are available to those who have been displaced by Sandy.
Last week Airbnb encouraged people who have listings on the site to consider lowering their fees for Sandy refugees.
On Wednesday, the company went further, announcing it had partnered with the city of New York to create a Donated Sandy Housing Directory where people with room to spare can offer it to Sandy refugees for free. Neither the host nor the guest are charged a fee, but Airbnb will still offer insurance for up to $1 million for hosts as well as customer service.
Guests who use the directory will still be asked to enter their credit card information, but that is just so the company can verify that the guest is indeed the person they claim to be.