Local Efforts to Help Katrina Evacuees Find Area Housing

We all know the phrase, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” but for those people who had to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina it’s not that easy.

Hundreds of the evacuees are still living in condos, hotels, motels and other temporary housing across the area. FEMA plans to discontinue the funding for the temporary housing in early January.

The Bay County Homeless and Hungry Coalition wants to make sure these people are not left out in the cold.

Homes4Humanity.org is a local website set up to match homeless evacuees with available housing.

Karen Bellman of Homes4Humanity says it’s a free service to match people with housing space and its changing lives every day.

“I just urge people to share if you can. If there is something you can do, please share. You can change an evacuee’s life.”

You can access the housing database at www.homes4humanity.org. If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can use the computers at the public library or at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat to see what is available.