Re: Emergency housing drive at Pass it on.

From: Sarah Berel-Harrop <>
Date: Fri Sep 02 2005 - 10:47:29 EDT

I would add that you may wish to contact local churches,
temples, YMCA, etc to find out what they are doing.

I am located here in Houston, and there are a number of
organizations dealing with the overflow of refugees.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Miller" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 10:57 PM
Subject: Fwd: Emergency housing drive at Pass it

Some of you may not approve of MoveOn, but this seems to be a very good
idea, especially for members closer to the delta. Please read
carefully, consider, and feel free to forward on.


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> From: "Noah T. Winer, Civic Action"
> <>
> Date: Thu Sep 1, 2005 1:20:42 PM US/Central
> To: "Keith B Miller" <>
> Subject: Emergency housing drive at Pass it
> on.

> Dear MoveOn member,
> 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 displaced.
> 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 at:
> 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 online at:
> 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 Winer and the whole Civic Action Team
> Thursday, September 1st, 2005


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