'Make-A-Home' Matches Katrina Evacuees to Housing

Available housing units and Katrina evacuees are being matched through a website set up by the Houston Association of Realtors.

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It's called "Make a Home" and the purpose is to match people in need of shelter with property owners who have available shelter.

There've been 17-hundred donated properties to date. Nelson says some people are donating spare rooms in their homes.

Nelson says 32-hundred have applied for shelter. The Houston Area Urban League, the Houston Bar Association and others help with making matches by conducting interviews. The shelter is made available free of a charge for a specified period of time. While Houston has been providing a lot of resources, Nelson says the local economy may see a boost.

Nelson says before Hurricane Katrina, Houston had a six month supply of houses.

Nelson says H-A-R may look into some long-term uses for the "Make a Home" effort.

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Capella Tucker joined KUHF in the spring of 1994 as a part-time reporter. She quickly gained a full-time position when she took over production duties for

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