Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Airbnb partner to offer new economic empowerment opportunity for members

Dozens of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle members braved the snow and joined Seattle Airbnb hosts to learn how hosting has enriched their lives.

The December 9 event at the Northwest African American Museum was the first joint host recruitment event held as part of a new partnership between the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Airbnb.

The energy in the room was magnetic. Seattle residents were excited to learn how to use their home to generate income for themselves and their families. We are truly excited for them and our new partnership with Airbnb.

Pamela Banks, President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

As part of a panel discussion, three current Seattle hosts shared how hosting benefits them and their community. All three told the audience they became Airbnb hosts to earn extra money. They also offered tips for prospective hosts and answered questions from the audience.

Home sharing has added a boost to our financial bottom line as well as introduced us to new people, their stories and the friendships that last beyond their stay.

Airbnb host, Lawrence Sims Jr.

Sims is excited about the partnership between Airbnb and the Urban League. “Many minority communities are unaware of the opportunities at their fingertips through sharing apps like Airbnb. This partnership powerfully brings the option of home sharing to a community that will very much appreciate the opportunity of additional income for the household.”

Following the panel discussion, an Airbnb staff member demonstrated how to create an Airbnb listing and sign up to become an Airbnb host.

Hosting on Airbnb is a powerful economic tool that helps residents turn one of their greatest expenses – housing – into a tool to make ends meet. This supplemental income is meaningful for Seattleites battling housing insecurity, such as seniors considering reverse mortgages and other economic challenges.

The typical Airbnb host in Seattle earns $9,100 renting out all or part of his or her home for about 79 nights per year.

This modest, yet significant amount of income has helped more than half of hosts – 60 percent – stay in their homes. Hosts keep 97% of what they earn from hosting on Airbnb and their guests spend money in local neighborhoods.

Airbnb is providing a special offer as part of this partnership. For each new host that lists their home on Airbnb through the League’s ambassador page before February 1, 2017 and completes a reservation before March 31, 2017, Airbnb will contribute $100 to both the new host and the Urban League.