hurricane housing

I don’t know that it would do much good, seeing as how we’re a thousand miles away from the area impacted by the hurricane, but Linette and I are talking about maybe clearing out a room and putting the word out through our friends in the New Orleans alternative press that we have a place if someone needs it for a few months. From what I hear, a lot of people are offering rooms, mostly using Craigslist as a means to connect with Gulf Coast refugees. Given the fact that Craigslist is set up on a community-by-community basis, though, it doesn’t seem as though it would be that effective. What seems better to me, if it takes off, is the Hurricane Housing site just launched by MoveOn. It’s searchable across the entire U.S., so that people can just put in a zip-code and find things within a certain number of miles from where they are… or where they’d like to ultimately be. If you’re thinking of opening up your home, it might be a good way to go.

My friend Dave tells me that the opportunist scumbags are already coming out of the woodwork, using the disaster as tool to help them ensnare desperate (and hot!) women… Guys, like this guy, are essentially offering warm, dry places to sleep in exchange for the promise of sex on demand. I suspect we’ll see more of that as the days go on, along with all kinds of fake emails soliciting donations for the survivors. And I’m sure there are also some scam-artists out there who, wanting a nice place to stay, free of charge, will claim to have lost everything in the hurricane, even if they were five states away when it hit and didn’t lose a damned thing… Most people, in case you didn’t know it already, are scum… And, these kinds of things, unfortunately, tend to bring out the best and worst in people.

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6 Comments

  1. ChelseaL
    Posted September 2, 2005 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    You’re good Christians. Don’t let anybody try to tell you different.

  2. srah
    Posted September 2, 2005 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    There are a few wikis for post-hurricane housing… that’s a better set up because you can edit it yourselves. It tends to be a rather messy list, rather than being organized by region or anything like that… but I suppose if you’re desperate and just want to get OUT, it doesn’t matter whether you’re accepting a free room in Tennessee or Kansas.

    http://si.umich.edu/about-SI/news-detail.htm?NewsItemID=494

  3. Kristin
    Posted September 2, 2005 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    That guy on CL deleted his post.

  4. Posted September 2, 2005 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Guys like that have been around CL since before the hurricane. When we were looking for NYC apts, we’d regularly see some guy (some subtle, some not) essentially offering a room to a woman in exchange for sex… they always get modded out by the community in a matter of hours…

  5. Posted September 30, 2005 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Good Service

  6. Posted November 8, 2005 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    light MY f1re
    Has their werebeast of peacefulness defied my hordes?
    Have my mountains defied those lush bombs..?
    The wet raindrops mourn lying upon the lost dream…
    Long ago he was unfulfilled , yet presently I am as grim as the hellish enchantments…
    Why inde…

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