Emergency National Housing Drive for Hurricane Katrina Victims

Hurricane_HousingSilicon Valley (California), USA – Moveon.org has a web site available to connect to connect empty beds with hurricane victims who desperately need a place to rest. Those interested can post their offers of housing (a spare room, extra bed, even a decent couch) and search for available housing online at: hurricanehousing.org

An assessment by Louisiana branches of Catholic Charities USA and other organizations has determined that housing is the top priority now. Housing is most urgently needed within reasonable driving distance (about 300 miles) of the affected areas in the Southeast, especially New Orleans.You can sign up to become a host by posting a description of whatever housing you have available, along with contact information. You can change or remove your offer at any time.

Hurricane victims, local and national relief organizations, friends and relatives can search the site for housing. Hurricanehousing.org will do its best to get offers where they are needed most. Many shelters already have Internet access, but folks without Internet access can still make use of the site through case workers and family members.

Hurricane victims or relief agencies will contact hosts and together decide if
it’s a good match and make the necessary travel arrangements. The host’s address
is not released until a particular match is agreed on.

Links to relief organizations:

American Red Cross

Catholic Charities USA

America’s Second Harvest.

Episcopal Relief & Development.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals

gbgm-umc.org/umcor, United Methodist Committee

National Voluntary Organizations Active in

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Salvation Army

national.unitedway.org, United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund.

Mercy Corps’s Katrina Fund