LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Evacuees who were displaced from their homes can search for available rental housing online at www.dhronline.org . Disaster Housing Resources Online is an easily accessible website listing immediately available rental properties. Evacuees can search by location, price range and housing description including number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Property owners who have an apartment or house for rent also can list their available properties on this website at no cost. Information needed includes the city, parish or zip code where the property is located, price range for rent, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Operated by Florida State University , in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the site was an important asset in locating housing for people displaced during the 2004 hurricane season.
FEMA recently began distributing an expedited transitional housing allowance of $2,358 to eligible victims of Hurricane Katrina. The agency accelerated the assistance to provide immediate help to displaced applicants. The money is designed to cover three months of rent and can be used wherever housing resources are available. Federal and state agencies are working to establish adequate temporary housing in the disaster area so victims can be nearer to their homes.
The fastest way to register for disaster assistance is to register online at www.fema.gov. Other valuable information regarding disaster assistance is available at the FEMA Web site. The FEMA toll-free registration number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). People with a speech- or hearing-impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.