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Airbnb announces program for medical treatment travel

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Sep 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-23 16:24:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Airbnb announced Friday the expansion of its Open Homes program, which allows those traveling for medical reasons to stay for free.

The company says it plans to work with the Fisher House Foundation to help provide alternative accommodations for military veterans’ families.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Airbnb,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO, Fisher House Foundation.

“It will allow us to serve even more military, veterans and their families, particularly those who are not near a Fisher House or when the Fisher House is full. Just one more way we can show appreciation to this most deserving group of Americans."

The Open Homes program was created in 2017 to help house vulnerable populations, including those displaced by conflict or natural disasters.

The company also partners with Make-A-Wish to provide stays and travel experiences to children with critical illness.

So far, Airbnb has housed more than 15,000 people through the program.

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