In light of the ongoing shutdown by the U.S government, home sharing platform Airbnb is launching an ‘a night on us’ initiative. In a recent blog post, Airbnb states that hundreds of federal workers have gone without paycheck even with increasing costs of daily experiences and commitment to other financial obligation. Out of the 60,000 hosts in New York, at least five percent of them are federal employees. Thus, the “night on us” initiative is aim is to recognize the contribution of these employees to the platform, by giving them extra cash as they wait for the next paychecks. As part of the incentive, Airbnb in a recent statement says that host who will have shared their homes for at least three nights between Dec 18, 2018, and March 19, 2019, will receive an extra night of up to $110.

Since the typical host makes $8,700 per year sharing their home through sharing platforms, Airbnb hopes to supplement the incomes of the employees who are already earning from their home sharing businesses.

Airbnb aim is to create a community which with the ability to address the emerging financial challenges, and to create a good future for the sharing economy. The platform continues to be the means by which people are making their homes, which often time, it the greatest financial burden and this initiative is a means to helping vacation renters their best way possible.

Individuals without home listing also have the potential to earn the extra cash by hosting experience through the platform. Airbnb, in addition to offering rentals for travellers, also has various activities booked through local hosts. Airbnb in its blog states that the ‘night on us’ program is also open to Experience hosts eligible for $110 depending on the total booking value of their experience, so any federal employee host either as a home host or Experience host can sign up on this program. Learn more about “A Night on Us