NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Patric Docmanov, 20, a student at the Berklee College of Music, offered up his bedroom in Boston’s Fenway to anyone displaced by the Marathon Bombings. Real estate developer Stewart Berg, 53, had been standing 50 feet away from the bombing and offered up his home on Chestnut Hill. Heather Carey, 27, who works in biotech offered her pullout couch (“super comfy”) in Allston.
In the wake of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings, the venerable city with its liberal-hearted traditions and spirit of openness, has harnessed the collective power of the internet to offer housing to those who were displaced, with much of the Back Bay cordoned off with crime scene tape.
Citizens filled out the public "need a place to stay" online form on Boston.com or added their contact info to a popular Google document to offer free accommodations. FEMA camps aren’t as necessary when neighbors can get by with a little help from their friends or perfect strangers. Call it the Airbnbification of altruism.
In fact—as in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last fall—Airbnb waived service fees for those affected by the Boston tragedy.
The NFN website has functioned as a neighborhood social network in partnership with the city of Boston and highlights the efficiency and cost-effective way community’s can come together in times of need.