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Homestore branch builds Web site for Katrina housing

Site collects, displays shelter and housing info from multiple Web sites
Published on Sep 7, 2005

Homestore's Welcome Wagon today launched a Web site where individuals and families in need of temporary or permanent housing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina can go to search for available housing in shelters, churches, apartment complexes, single-family homes and senior facilities throughout the Gulf Coast and neighboring communities. The site can be accessed at http://relief.welcomewagon.com. Site users, including survivors of Hurricane Katrina and their friends and family, as well as relief agencies and other volunteers, can search a comprehensive database of available homes and sort by city/state, number of people and length of stay. When a search is initiated, multiple sites that have been created to find housing for people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, as well as Realtor.com, are simultaneously evaluated for matching search results, enabling the user to effectively and efficiently identify a possible housing solution. Thousands of families have reached out and offered...

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