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August 23, 2016

Airbnb and SAGE Form New Partnership to Connect LGBT Senior Adults to NYC Home Sharing Community

[New York, NY] Today, Airbnb, the world’s largest home sharing marketplace, announced a partnership with Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the nation’s leading agency dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. Through this partnership, Airbnb will provide volunteer opportunities for Airbnb’s host community and travel credits for SAGE staff to use when traveling on behalf of the organization.

"We are proud to partner with SAGE and to support the important work they do to better the lives of GLBT older adults," said Josh Meltzer, New York Head of Public Policy for Airbnb. "Airbnb and SAGE share the same values, and we look forward joining our two communities in the spirit of inclusiveness and belonging."

"LGBT elders laid the groundwork for the many freedoms that our community experiences today," said Susan Herr, Chief Engagement Officer for SAGE. "We welcome this new partnership which will not only fuel our efforts to build support for LGBT older adults nationally but will also enable Airbnb employees to connect with these pioneers through service to them."

As part of Airbnb’s mission to bring hosts and guest together to create a community built on understanding and belonging, the partnership with SAGE underscores the home sharing company’s commitment to bringing underserved communities into the sharing economy. In New York City, Airbnb has generated nearly $450 million in supplemental income for hosts throughout the city. That is money that everyday New Yorkers use to pay their bills, save for retirement, and make ends meet.

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