Hurricane Katrina Resource Center to Assist Estimated 500,000 to One Million Displaced or Homeless
Industry leader provides quick and easy access to rental housing information

  CHICAGO, September 6, 2005 - - Online rentals category leader,, today launched the Hurricane Katrina Resource Center within its site to help the estimated 500,000 to upwards of one million homeless and displaced citizens in the Southeastern United States. The Resource Center provides valuable information to help individuals locate rental information or other Hurricane Katrina relief resources quickly and easily.

Properties, Support in Relief Cities
Individuals can access the Hurricane Katrina Resource Center at or from the homepage,

The Resource Center includes links to city pages in areas that have been identified as relief cities, including Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida. Visitors can also quickly access apartment rentals in other cities by clicking the "Search by other city/state" link.

"It is our goal to provide those impacted by Hurricane Katrina direct and easy access to rental community information, and hopefully relieve some of the devastation they are feeling right now," said Tim Fagan, senior vice president and general manager of "Individuals can use this one-page resource center to locate apartments in the communities they have been transferred to and find some ease and comfort surrounding this tragic situation."

Furthermore, the site includes a listing of properties that have special discounts or other support for Hurricane Katrina victims as well as general links to Hurricane Katrina support and relief sites for victims, their family and friends.

Free Search & Confidentiality allows its visitors to conduct a free search of properties throughout the United States without registering for the site or providing any personal information to conduct a search.

At any given time, estimates that renters can view rental information for nearly three million available units from newspaper classifieds, private landlords and managed properties.

About is the leading national online apartment resource distinguished by its personalized searches, highly visual ads featuring 360-degree virtual tours and professional photography, and comprehensive community listings, which make it possible for in-market renters to access rental inventory from across town or across the country and make informed decisions quickly. The site's foundation of solid partnerships with the local newspaper and television station Web sites of more than 170 affiliates across the country includes the Chicago Tribune (, The Washington Post ( and the Los Angeles Times (, a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC, delivers highly qualified, ready-to-rent prospects to nearly 14,000 trade customers, which increases closure rates and decreases the average cost of leasing an apartment.