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BWC, Airbnb, SJSU, San Jose Mayor's Office Launch Pilot Program to House College Students

San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, Bill Wilson Center, and San José State University joined Airbnb in announcing a first-of-its-kind pilot program to provide temporary housing to college students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

This pilot will place additional focus on ensuring college students have safe housing during the holiday break from classes.

“College students should worry about final exams, not about where they’ll sleep each night,” said Mayor Liccardo. “We are proud to forge this partnership with Airbnb, Bill Wilson Center, and San José State to do better for our next generation of leaders.”

Leveraging Airbnb for Work’s third-party booking tool, Bill Wilson Center will book temporary accommodations on behalf of participating students. Airbnb will refund its host and guest booking fees to Bill Wilson Center for the pilot program.

“Thanks to Airbnb, Bill Wilson Center will have access to rooms in hosted homes where we can temporarily place a student while we work to find them longer-term, stable housing,” said Sparky Harlan, Bill Wilson Center CEO.

Students’ short-term stays will range between a few days to a few weeks and up to several months — as determined by individual need — while Bill Wilson Center works to identify a long-term, stable housing solution for participating students.