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In March of 2019, Airbnb announced a strategic partnership with the Cancer Support Community. Through this collaboration, the Airbnb community will provide free housing for cancer patients and caregivers, provided they meet certain geographic and income criteria. Airbnb made the announcement at an event in New York organized by the Biden Cancer Initiative and featuring Vice President Joe Biden.
Airbnb is providing grant funding that will help relieve the financial burden of patients and their families in finding housing when traveling for treatment.
As CSC CEO Kim Thiboldeaux said in an Airbnb press release announcing the program, this is a major development for cancer patients:
“The Cancer Support Community fields thousands of calls from individuals who are struggling to cover the cost of traveling for treatments, scans, clinical trials, and other medically necessary care. This grant from Airbnb is a game-changer for these patients and caregivers — and you can hear the relief and gratitude in their voices as they learn about the free housing from the Airbnb community.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Within the list below you will find answers to commonly asked questions about the program. Call the CSC Airbnb Helpline — 877.793.0498 — to learn more and to apply for the program.
Q: What is this program?
A: The Airbnb community will provide free housing for patients and caregivers if they meet certain geographic and income criteria.
Q: What is the geographic criteria?
A: Patients and caregivers must have to travel at least 50 miles or more for treatments, scans, clinical trials, and other medically necessary care to qualify.
Q: What is the income criteria?
A: Eligible applicants must meet specific annual income guidelines by providing at least one of the following documents: the first two pages of last year’s signed copy of their income tax return, a copy of their most recent paycheck, unemployment check, Social Security, SSI, SSD, or public assistance benefit notification. The annual income cannot exceed levels outlined below in this chart:
Q: How does the verification process work?
A: The application includes a form to verify the treatment needs, which must be by signed by an oncologist, nurse, or medical social worker.
Q: How can I start my application?
A: We have dedicated an Airbnb-specific line of our CancerSupportHelpline® (877.793.0498). This toll-free line is staffed by licensed professionals who field thousands of calls from patients seeking assistance. Call this number and you will be connected with someone who can help you start your application.
Q: I have family members or coworkers who might benefit, what is the best thing for them to do?
A: Please feel free to share this webpage with your friends or family.
Q: You mention the Gilda’s Clubs or Cancer Support Community affiliates. Will they have information about this partnership?
A: Yes, the affiliates are a great resource. They have these materials and can help identify patients in need and refer them to the toll-free number.