HUD to identify rental housing e-listings for emergencies

The Housing and Urban Development Department is looking for Web-based rental-housing locators interested in making their electronic listings available to the government during national emergencies.

During Hurricane Katrina, the federal government lacked a national inventory of available housing to accommodate evacuated people.

This initiative is designed to help HUD understand the availability of housing and to better serve the public during hurricanes, earthquakes and other similar disasters requiring mass evacuations.

HUD is not planning a contract. Rather, online rental-housing locators would receive additional visibility of their rental listings during emergencies by assisting the government.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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