02 September 2005

Architecture for Humanity's Katrina Relief

Our thoughts are with all those left stranded without food or water, those coping with the loss of loved ones and those left homeless by the disaster. Over the course of the next several weeks we will be evaluating ways that we can help locally-based architects and community groups rebuild their homes and communities.

Once the water has receded and people begin to make their way back to their communities, the disaster-affected areas will be facing a housing crisis on an unprecedented scale.

Get Involved:
In the weeks to come we will be posting updates on our site as well as information for local architects on how to request support from Architecture for Humanity. In the mean time, here are a few ways you can get involved now:

If you are interested in helping to organize a fundraiser or help raise awareness in your area, please contact us at staff (at) architectureforhumanity.org
If you are a design professional based in, or near, a disaster-affected area, please contact us at katrina_reconstruction (at) architectureforhumanity.org, and we will add you to our contact lists. We also encourage you to sign up with the AIA's Call for Volunteers, or contact your local AIA chapter.
If you live within a 300 mile radius of the disaster area and would be willing to host those left homeless, visit Movon.org's site: http://www.hurricanehousing.org/
If you'd like to help fund the work of locally-based architects and community groups, you can make a donation to Architecture for Humanity.

News and updates:
Many who evacuated disaster-affected areas earlier and are unable to afford hotel accommodation, are also seeking shelter in the unused stadium and other officials shelters.

Move-on.org is assisting homeless families find temporary accomodation by connectiong them with people willing to open their homes to survivors. To learn more visit: http://www.hurricanehousing.org/

Though no one likes to see families sheltered en masse in a building clearly designed for another purpose, in a complex emergency such as this, the logistics of bringing temporary shelter into a disaster-affected area with inadequate or nonfunctioning infrastructure, may make removing individuals a much more timely and humane response.

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