United for Ukraine (UFU) amplifies efforts of Airbnb.org to provide people fleeing Ukraine with free, temporary housing in Europe

With 6.2+ million individuals from Ukraine recorded across Europe as the result of Russian invasion in Ukraine, the need for housing remains dramatic.

“Over the last months, Ukraine has encouraged the world to unite. Ukrainian people have astonished and inspired other nations with their bravery and fortitude to defend the future of their country, the future of the European continent and the future of the planet. At the same time, millions find themselves amidst the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. These people need support, orientation and most importantly a safe roof over their heads”, - Nina Levchuk, a co-founder of the United for Ukraine Association, states.

The UFU is bringing together the power of many compassionate individuals and organizations, including the IRC, Google.org and Airbnb.org, to support people fleeing Ukraine as they navigate this challenging transition seeking safety. 

“Airbnb.org is grateful for the continued, overwhelming generosity of hosts on Airbnb and people around the world who have helped support this  initiative -– by opening up their homes or donating to Airbnb.org – to offer free, temporary housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing from Ukraine. We are grateful to work with  United for Ukraine Association which has helped identify people in need and assist them in coordinating stays through Airbnb.org”, - Katherine Woo, Head of Airbnb.org.


The UFU is a pan-European hub that gives consolidated, quick, and efficient solutions in various countries for those affected by the Russian aggression and forced to flee Ukraine. It is a fast and smart way for Ukrainian refugees to find a place to stay in 45 European countries via a tech platform. 

"We have learned about the UFU platform from social networks. We urgently needed housing in Torrevieja, where I found a job, but we didn't know anyone in this city, and there was no possibility to rent an apartment for us. The UFU platform immediately offered us three temporary housing options to choose from, and we chose a cozy apartment 2 minutes' walk from my new job." – comments Vira Vovchuk, a teacher from Ukraine who went to Spain for temporary residence. 

The UFU and Airbnb.org have already helped connect more than 7000 refugees fleeing Ukraine to free, temporary accommodations.

Ukrainians seeking temporary housing up to one month may fill out a form at the UFU’s website and Call Center agents will help facilitate temporary accommodations.  

About United for Ukraine (UfU)

United For Ukraine (UFU) is an international association which is leveraging strong network, partnerships, technology and skill-based volunteering to provide emergency relief to displaced people in 34 countries. UFU Platform delivers critical information, facilitates temporary housing, legal aid, mental health and educational offerings. UFU also delivers humanitarian aid and implements projects to raise awareness of the international community and to build foundations for sustainable partnerships going forward to rebuild Ukraine.

About Airbnb.org

Airbnb.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. Airbnb.org operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out Airbnb.org’s charitable purpose. The inspiration for Airbnb.org began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened up her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the beginning of a program that allows Hosts on Airbnb to provide stays for people in times of need. Since then, the program has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19. Since then, Hosts have offered to open up their homes and helped provide accommodations to 100,000 people in times of need. Airbnb.org is a separate and independent entity from Airbnb, Inc. Airbnb, Inc. does not charge service fees for Airbnb.org supported stays on its platform.27

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