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    •  Hmmm, that's a little under 200 miles (4.00)
      from Austin -- Houston folks? You out there?

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      by deepintheheartoftx on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 08:47:21 PM PDT

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    •  Google says745 people there in 1990 (4.00)
      Now to find a zip and see if it's listed on


      OK, two people in Splendora offered  housing, one for 3 people, one for 6 people!

      Go to,
      then click on Houston, TX,
      then modify to use the zip 77372,
      and modify to 10 miles,
      then click search.

      Good grief -- there are 16 offers of housing within 10 miles of Splendora. Humanity is amazing, simply amazingly generous. I tear up every time I go to that site.

      Hope this helps.

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      by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 10:49:31 PM PDT

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      •  will check this out tonight (4.00)
        if I get the computer and make calls.  thanks.
        •  Private offers are probably better (none)
          Such as those in the comment above yours, but I also saw the following in a Yahoo news item this morning (guess HUD is the place to contact; I couldn't find any more info on it by googling):

          A pilot program announced Saturday by the     Department of Housing and Urban Development could offer some help, providing 100 rent-free homes for refugees in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

          The "Welcome Home Project" places families in empty HUD-owned homes rent-free for 18 months, HUD spokeswoman Dustee Tucker said. Appliances are being provided, and a private anonymous donor is furnishing the homes at no cost.

          For Patricia Livas of New Orleans, her new single-story, three-bedroom home in southern Dallas promises some stability as she tries to care for two sons and look for a new job in the technology field.

          "It's just totally awesome. I slept here last night, every bit of my three to four hours of sleep was peaceful. It was like home," said Livas, who has gone from living with a sister in Jackson, Miss., to hopping from one Dallas-area hotel to another in the weeks after Katrina struck. "It takes the stress off of trying to find a job with very limited resources."

          The program has placed 10 families so far. Homeowners are still responsible for utilities such as water and electricity, Tucker said. Families can apply for the program with HUD, but FEMA and the Interfaith Housing Coalition, a local nonprofit, are placing the families.

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