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September 14, 2017

RENTCafé Registry Helping Harvey Evacuees Find a Home Quicker



Tens of thousands of Texans have been left without a place to live after Hurricane Harvey. This devastating storm took away a basic human necessity – shelter -- and many of those affected are still struggling to find a new place to call home.

To ease up the process of finding a home, RENTCafé, a national apartment search website, has created an online housing registry where displaced residents can find rental units that are available right now, listed directly by property managers and landlords in the area. The webpage allows housing providers to list available apartments along with any special concessions they may offer to help those in search of temporary or permanent housing. As part of this not-for-profit initiative, Yardi, RENTCafé’s parent company, has waived all fees for using the website for both housing providers and prospective renters.


Over 200 properties have been added to the list since the launch of the registry, and it now offers thousands of Hurricane Harvey apartments available for rent in Houston and surrounding areas.

RENTCafé is a division of Yardi, a real estate technology provider. Yardi also created a $1 million fund to support nonprofit organizations rebuild housing in the areas damaged by the hurricane.

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