Social media users are now using #PorteOuverte to connect those needing shelter with those who are willing to give it, and by taxi drivers offering people free rides out of the city.
Parisians are opening their homes to those unable to find shelter during the terror attacks unfolding in the French capital.
French-Algerian journalist Nabila Ramdani told the BBC people were being evacuated from buildings and told to go to secure locations but had limited means of doing so.
“People are being told to evacuate the places like restaurants and indeed concert halls where they have been going to on a Friday night, relaxing, going to for dinner with friends or family outside or attending a concert,” she said.
“They are now being told to go back home and stay at home. Of course the obvious problem they are facing at the moment is how to go back home.
“The thing that French transports are not even safe, to get on board, that’s the situation.”
Several Paris Metro lines have been closed and French president Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency for all of France and closed the borders.
Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson told News 24 said there was a lot of confusion on the streets of Paris.
“You can feel the chill in the environment because it’s clear that nobody is clear on what has happened,” he said.
“Most people as a consequence have gone to safety and wherever they can find it.