Santa Barbara-based property management software provider Yardi will attempt to help tens of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey by using its RENTCafé property marketing and leasing platform to create a housing registry website that will help displaced residents find temporary and permanent homes, according to a Sept. 1 news release.
The website RENTCafe.com/HurricaneHarvey allows housing providers to post available units along with special concessions and for displaced residents to search for housing. There is no charge for housing providers to list their properties on the website or for residents to use it. Yardi has also launched a hotline that evacuees looking for housing can call for housing assistance. The toll-free number is (844) 363-6317.
“We have many valued clients in the affected area, and it is important to us to assist those clients as well as their residents who may have been displaced. Thousands of people have lost their housing due to this devastating natural disaster, and we want to help in any way we can,” said Anant Yardi, president and founder of Yardi.
Yardi has created a $1 million fund to support nonprofit organizations in the rebuilding of the areas affected by the hurricane. In addition to the $1 million pledge, Yardi is matching employee donations to the fund.