To forever change the manner in which emergency housing is approached
HEED (Housing for Emergency Evacuated and Displaced) was created to offer a temporary housing
resource to individuals who are forced out of their homes due to an emergency. In times of
natural disasters, such as wild fires, tornadoes, floods, etc., families are often evacuated
from their homes for safety purposes. No one knows how long each evacuation will last, and no
one knows if the family will have a home to return to at the disaster's end. Due to her personal
experience with the Cerro Grande fire in Los Alamos New Mexico, Kristin Derr created HEED to
assist evacuees in finding temporary housing in times of emergency. Using a web based database,
HEED asks individuals who have a space available to enter it as a possible host location. Spaces
can range from one guest bedroom, to an empty lot with water and electric hook up, to an empty
house. Potential hosts submit their information via a form posted on the organization’s website
and that space is then listed in the database of temporary housing locations. When an emergency
strikes, those who are evacuated can depend on HEED to find temporary housing. HEED will be
accessible to those individuals in person at emergency control stations, online through the
website, and over the phone. Once an evacuee contacts HEED and explains what kind of space
they are in need of, HEED will match them with an appropriate space. During and following an
emergency, evacuees have so much to deal with, physically, emotionally, financially, etc. HEED
strives to take one of these tasks off the table by placing evacuees in spaces provided by caring
and supportive individuals. All areas of the United States are threatened by some form of
natural disaster, so we anticipate the organization being beneficial throughout the country.
Above all, HEED is committed to providing this service in a safe and responsible manner.
Our mission is to provide housing to displaced individuals in need due to an emergency, disaster, or catastrophe, by connecting responsible, charitable people and organizations.
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