The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Silver Spring wants to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support in helping newly arriving Afghans in our community. We at the IRC in Silver Spring strive to help all those we work with — refugees, asylees and other humanitarian immigrants— feel safe, stable and welcomed in their new communities.  Your continuous help in this effort supports our mission.  

Housing needs continue to be one of the biggest challenges we face in welcoming our new neighbors. As we move into the season of giving, we want to share some ways you can directly support: 

Airbnb Open Homes ( provides people with emergency housing in times of crisis. is partnering with IRC and other resettlement agencies to fund temporary stays for 20,000 Afghan refugees. Learn more about Airbnb's efforts to support Afghan refugees.  

If you are interested in providing your space through  

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Other Ways to Support Housing 

For all inquiries and donations, please contact [email protected].