Hurricane Katrina's toll on communities, homes and lives has devastated
the nation. Now victims must face the daunting question of where to go
next--and we can help.
Tens of thousands of newly homeless families are being bused to a stadium
in Houston, where they may wait for weeks or months. At least 80,000 are
competing for area shelters, and countless more are in motels, cars, or
wherever they can stay out of the elements. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency and the Red Cross are scrambling to find shelter for the
This morning, we've launched an emergency national housing drive to connect
your empty beds with hurricane victims who desperately need a place to
wait out the storm. You can post your offer of housing (a spare room,
extra bed, even a decent couch) and search for available housing online
Housing is most urgently needed within reasonable driving distance (about
300 miles) of the affected areas in the Southeast, especially New Orleans.
Please forward this message to anyone you know in the region who might be
able to help.
But no matter where you live, your housing could still make a world of
difference to a person or family in need, so please offer what you can.
The process is simple:
* 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. We'll do everything we can to
get your offers where they are needed most. Many shelters actually already
have Internet access, but folks without 'net 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.
If hosting doesn't work for you, please consider donating to the Red Cross
to help with the enormous tasks of rescue and recovery. You can give
As progressives, we share a core belief that we are all in this together,
and today is an important chance to put that idea to work. There are
thousands of families who have just lost everything and need a place to
stay dry. Let's do what we can to help.
Thanks for being there when it matters most.
--Noah T. Winer and the whole MoveOn.org Civic Action Team
Thursday, September 1st, 2005