HomeAway Owners Offer Vacation Properties
to Hurricane Ike Evacuees Looking for Temporary Home Rentals
Austin, TX, September 17, 2008
Austin-based HomeAway, Inc. has organized a Hurricane Ike Housing Directory of vacation homes available for rent, some at reduced rates, to evacuees needing housing.
Over the weekend, HomeAway contacted owners who list their properties on its U.S. vacation rental sites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com to ask if they were interested in offering their rentals to evacuees, many of which need long-term temporary shelter.
More than 175 properties, ranging from one- to five-bedroom homes, are available in locations such as Austin, Corpus Christi, Fredericksburg and the Hill Country, New Braunfels, Port Aransas, San Antonio, Biloxi and Hot Springs.
Fully-furnished homes can be rented for short- and long-term stays. Individuals should contact the owners directly; more information is available on the site.
Brian Sharples, HomeAway CEO is available for comment.
“HomeAway has more than 1,000 homes listed on our sites in these areas and so some of our owners and the travelers scheduled to stay in their homes are dealing with the devastation of Ike, first-hand,” says Brian Sharples. “We want to do whatever we can to assist the evacuees and our owners showed great understanding and compassion to help provide some normalcy and comforts of home during such a difficult time.”
Eileen Buesing, 512-493-0375
HomeAway is the world’s largest marketplace of vacation rental homes, with more than 309,000 vacation rental properties around the world.