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Temporary housing for victims of natural disasters

Texas City, TX, USA

Government Champion

Not a local government but AARP Louisiana

Project Status

In Progress/Under Construction since 2021

Keywords

At a Glance

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, AARP was trying to find housing for older citizens in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. Working with AARP, Silvernest conducted outreach, matched homeowners with victims and waived fees for those willing to open their homes to hurricane victims.

Problem Addressed

When thousands of citizens are displaced, local governments and nonprofits are strained with the need to provide housing for them. Silvernest is an online platform which matches homeowners with housemates in a safe and secure manner. Because Silvernest runs background checks and provides other support measures, it can allow those who might be reluctant to open their homes to provide assistance a measure of security when doing so.

AARP Louisiana used/is using Silvernest to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

As a technology platform and solution, Silvernest can immediately scale up to meet the demand in a crisis. In addition, SIlvernest has a history of working with local governments and not-for-profits and understands their needs and demands.

Outcomes

  1. Immediate, safe housing for victims of Hurricane Harvey
  2. Ability to use existing housing stock in an efficient and demonstrable way
  3. Give back from the community to victims

Something Unique

A solid partnership between a not-for-profit and a private company to address emergency housing needs, at no cost to the city, after a disaster.

Who Should Consider?

Any city impacted by disaster and displacement of their citizens.