Crowdsourcing Housing for Japan

Boulder nonprofit “Sparkrelief” responded immediately with housing relief for Japanese earthquake victims.  Sparkrelief created Quakehousing.org where those displaced can find offers of housing posted by people with free rooms.

A crisis of this magnitude can have far reaching emotional effects.  Providing easily accessible information through a simple interface reduces stress when searching for relief.

Often, people who want to help feel powerless and are uncertain how to help.  The Sparkrelief platform connects people who want to help with victims in immediate need.

Quakehousing.org
has a simple to use interface that allows victims to select their housing preferences. Housing can be searched by geographic location, children and pet preferences, bathroom and even parking options.

Fourmilefirehelp.com, a Sparkrelief platform used during the Colorado fires last September, quickly became the leading forum for relief with 23,000 unique visits making over 900 posts to help in just 10 days.

Quakehousing.org is available for free and is used by those in need of housing, those that want to give housing, government agencies posting shelters, and other non-profit agencies and corporations who wish to help or donate.

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