KatrinaHousing.org Launched to Help Hurricane Victims

September 14, 2005
September 14, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Managed hosting solutions provider Verio announced yesterday that it will donate technology services in a bid to help Hurricane Katrina victims through KatrinaHousing.org, a web site designed by MyTechSupport that helps centralize volunteer housing efforts and coordinate allocation of temporary accommodation. People in a position to donate housing are able to log onto the site and post details of the rooms, apartments or houses they have to offer. Homeless victims are then able to visit the site to establish available accommodation options. To date the site has received 138,000 offers of temporary accommodation and around 4,100 homeless placed into temporary accommodation.

"KatrinaHousing.org saw a need to coordinate the placement of Hurricane Katrina survivors into suitable, temporary housing, and quickly realized that the Internet was the most efficient tool in achieving this," said Paul Wilson, Director of KatrinaHousing.org's operations. "We are thrilled that we are able to help America in this way and are grateful that companies such as Verio are assisting with our efforts."

On a less wholesome note Katrina has provided an opportunity for tricksters and scammers to do some additional business. A number of bogus web sites that appear as online charities have been set up and emails carrying worms and viruses sent out with Katrina mentioned in the subject line. If you are interested in donating money, our tip is to go to a recognized charity such as the American Red Cross and do not bother answering unsolicited mail.

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