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Everyone Needs a Place to Sleep

Written by  GEORGE E. HANSEN III Monday, 10 March 2014 21:53

Fortunately, the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were able to develop a program with their corporate partners that literally brought the masses in off the streets overnight. Through the American Red Cross’ Special Transient Accommodations program, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Short-Term Lodging program, more than 700,000 hurricane evacuees have been housed in 19,000 hotels across the United States in what has undoubtedly been the largest emergency lodging program ever administered. The program, which began last August, continues even as we approach Spring 2006. Should another large-scale disaster fall upon American soil a successful business model now exists for the government to provide temporary housing through the nation’s hotel system. While this program was massive in scale and affected many more people than would typically be employed by any one company, many of the principles of this unprecedented lodging program are adaptable to a business or