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LONG BEACH, NY - NOVEMBER 20: The lawn in front of a home on East Harrison is piled high with debris on November 20, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. More than three weeks after Superstorm Sandy hit the New York area, residents continue their restoration efforts in many affected areas on Long Island. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Bruce Bennett

Airbnb — the social website connecting travelers with people who rent out houses, apartments, even rooms — has created a platform to connect folks who have been displaced by superstorm Sandy with those who are offering free temporary housing.
“The entire process will be free, but Airbnb will still provide customer service, insurance for hosts and other services,” according to the company’s news release.

So far, 904 people — referred to as “hosts” — including those from Long Island — have signed up to offer temporary shelter.

To get an idea of what is still available, scope out the website at It’s easy to navigate and you’ll get a good feel for what is being offered.

“We’ve been deeply moved by the way our community has responded to Sandy,” says Joe Gebbia, co-founder and chief financial officer.

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