Airbnb Offers Its 3M Homes to Stranded Refugees

Lyft takes a stand, too
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2017 1:54 PM CST

(Newser) – Uber finds itself persona non grata this weekend, after it kept giving rides—and turned off surge pricing—at JFK Saturday as taxi drivers stopped work to protest President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration. Its rival finds itself on the other end of the press stick: Lyft in a Sunday blog post calls Trump's move "antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values" and says that it "will not be silent." The ridesharing company is speaking with its wallet: The co-founders write that the company will donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union over the next four years "to defend our Constitution."

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Airbnb is taking a stand, too, with CEO Brian Chesky tweeting Saturday, "Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing." He elaborated in a statement picked up by CNBC: "Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence. We have 3 million homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay." (Read more Trump travel ban stories.)

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