UPDATED: Airbnb is offering free housing for Hurricane Irma evacuees and emergency workers


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Airbnb launched a free housing initiative Thursday in some Florida and Georgia counties as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Until Sept. 28, $0 listings will be available in eligible areas, according to a press release from the company. The company has set up a section of their site where people can find and offer free housing options.

Those seeking safety and shelter from the Category 5 hurricane can find housing in the following counties:

Florida (list updated 9:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8):
Bay County, Escambia County, Leon County, Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County, Calhoun County, Franklin County, Jackson County, Liberty County, Gadsden County, Gulf County, Wakulla County, Madison County, Jefferson County, Taylor County

Decatur County, Grady County, Thomas County

"We are hopeful that our host community will be able to help make the evacuation process easier for residents and their families,” said Kim Rubey, Airbnb’s global director of social good in a statement. “Our thoughts are with everyone who might be impacted by the storm, and we thank the dedicated government and emergency response personnel who are keeping our communities safe."

The effort comes from the company's Disaster Response Program, which launched in 2012 and most recently helped to provide free housing to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston.

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