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‘Make-A-Home’ Matches Katrina Evacuees to Housing

Available housing units and Katrina evacuees are being matched through a website set up by the Houston Association of Realtors. It’s called “Make a Home” and the purpose is to match people in need of shelter with property owners who have available shelter. There’ve been 17-hundred donated properties to date. Nelson says some people are […]

Available housing units and Katrina evacuees are being matched through a website set up by the Houston Association of Realtors.

It’s called “Make a Home” and the purpose is to match people in need of shelter with property owners who have available shelter.

There’ve been 17-hundred donated properties to date. Nelson says some people are donating spare rooms in their homes.

Nelson says 32-hundred have applied for shelter. The Houston Area Urban League, the Houston Bar Association and others help with making matches by conducting interviews. The shelter is made available free of a charge for a specified period of time. While Houston has been providing a lot of resources, Nelson says the local economy may see a boost.

Nelson says before Hurricane Katrina, Houston had a six month supply of houses.

Nelson says H-A-R may look into some long-term uses for the “Make a Home” effort.

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Capella Tucker joined KUHF in the spring of 1994 as a part-time reporter. She quickly gained a full-time position when she took over production duties for Engines of Our Ingenuity while still reporting for the news room. For ten years starting in 1997, Capella was the local news host for Saturday Weekend Edition andCar...

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