here's a way to help

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by marvella, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    i signed up....

    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:
    http://www.hurricanehousing.org
    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:
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=859
    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.
    http://www.hurricanehousing.org
    Thanks for being there when it matters most.
    ”Noah Winer and the whole MoveOn.org Civic Action Team
    Thursday, September 1st, 2005
     
  2. whitemadhouse

    whitemadhouse Active Member

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    We are poor and struggling ourselves, but at least we have a place to lay our heads....so we signed up too. PA is kind of far, but at least I can try to do something to help!
     

  3. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well, I'm right here in Mississippi and plan to talk to my husband about this when he gets home tonight. We have two spare bedrooms, three bathrooms and a new barn with water and electricity. I think we could put up a few folks.
     
  4. BearCreekFarm

    BearCreekFarm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this. I was hoping that people would open their homes to some of the refugees. The Astrodome is no place to put people for extended stays. We are in Mn but signed up anyway- there are an awful lot of people needing housing, so who knows.