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Families who receive housing through the  D.C. Housing Authority will soon have new and gently used furniture in their homes thanks to a donation from the short-term rental startup Sonder. 

DCHA will provide its residents with home furnishings like couches, bedroom sets, and more from dozens of Sonder’s rental spaces. DCHA has partnerships with other community organizations that provide a variety of things to their customers, including furniture. But this is the first time the authority has a direct link to a company donating such goods to be distributed as needed.

“This generous donation from Sonder is a first for DCHA and will be distributed to families that could benefit from new furniture,” said Tyrone Garrett, executive director of DCHA, in a press release. “We hope that these donated items will ease some of the stress our residents are feeling, so they will be able to focus on staying healthy and being safe.” 

Unlike AirBnb, Sonder leases and manages the apartments it rents out, according to Business Insider. The company has 37 locations worldwide, including one in D.C. at Barracks Row and one in Alexandria at Del Ray.

“As a hospitality company focused on creating spaces that feel like home, we hope these new additions will create a more welcoming place for these families,” said Patrick Weeks, Sonder’s general manager for D.C., in the press release. “We look forward to partnering with DCHA for years to come.”