French hotel group Accor and home rental company Airbnb are launching online services to help medical staff who are fighting the coronavirus in France find emergency housing.
Accor said that it has created CEDA, a platform to centralise housing needs and offer housing, and that it is is also working with the government to offer up to 2,000 beds in 40 hotels across France to the homeless.
"Access to the CEDA platform will be free for medical staff. Only operating costs will be covered by public authorities," Line Crieloue, executive director of external communication at Accor, told Reuters.
Separately, Airbnb is launching the "Appartsolidaire" online platform to offer free accommodation to medical staff and social workers in France, following a similar initiative in Italy.
"Each host housing for free a medical or social worker during this operation will receive 50 euros from Airbnb on each booking," Airbnb said in a statement.