RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace Outdoorsy has provided short-term accommodations for those most in need after Hurricane Ida struck parts of the US, a report said.
Through more than a 40,000-member community of RV owners, and with some help from its partner RV Housing Group, Outdoorsy is making vehicles available to temporarily house Hurricane Ida refugees.
More than a million Louisiana residents were without electricity and hundreds of thousands of residents had no running water.
Jen Young, Outdoorsy co-founder, and the chief market officer said that they were “devastated by the photos we’re seeing” and “the stories we’ve heard” from Hurricane Ida’s aftermath. “The best way that we know of to help is to get in touch with our strong RV owner community and find temporary housing for the victims of the storm.”
Outdoorsy says it’s lowering its platform fee structure and teaming up with vehicle owners to provide special rates to hurricane evacuees, and RV Housing Group is working with victims’ insurance companies to cover all vehicle rental expenses at no cost to those in need of relief and temporary housing.
On Tuesday, August 31, less than 100 Outdoorsy owners had offered their rigs for the relief effort. This was just days after Hurricane Ida decimated Louisiana and then moved up to the Northeastern U.S.A to cause more destruction. Outdoorsy hopes to expand its offering for hurricane victims.