Katrina, Craigslist & Housing: Donate Your Home

by Alex Stenback on September 1, 2005

Craigslist Hurricane Housing Links:
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If you can’t send money, you can always donate your home.  Over the past 24 hours there has been an explosion in postings on Craigslist for offers of free housing to those left homeless by Katrina.  A great idea, especially if you cannot afford to donate and have room to spare – be sure to vet your co-habitants carefully – these types of arrangements can have, um, unintended consequences.

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John D Schultz September 1, 2005 at 4:53 pm

On the face, the idea seems excellent. I commend the people for the offers. However, to be highly effective, it will be necessary for those in need to be made aware of the availability of the “explosion in postings on Craigslist for offers of free housing.”

BTW, I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the great work!

Editor September 1, 2005 at 5:10 pm

You know – I thought about that same issue – checking craigslist for housing would rank pretty low on the priority list for most people who’s homes and lives had been washed away.

This may only be a good option for those that have someplace to stay now, but need a longer term solution while trying to put their lives back together. Connecting those that need housing NOW with ads on craigslist may indeed be a tall order.

I’d bet there are more than a few volunteers armed with laptops down there as we speak trying to connect the posters with those on need. I know I would be.

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