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Web site links those offering, seeking housing | 2010-05-07

The massive flooding in Middle Tennessee will displace many households for weeks and months to come. A database of rental housing is ready for landlords to add properties and for searchers to identify available properties. Nashville’s housing leaders urge property owners to post properties right away.
            The database is www.TNHousingSearch.org. It is free for landlords to post property and free for renters to search. The database allows for a high level of detail including photographs, location, access to public transportation, bedroom and bathroom count, square footage, rent amount and amenities listing such as fencing, cable, appliances, accessibility, deposit requirements and pet allowances.   The site allows for comparison of several properties at a time.
            TNHousingSearch.com is open to properties of all rental levels and types. It is not relegated to subsidized properties. Duplexes, multi-family units, manufactured homes and single family homes are all appropriate to list. Landlords can easily post properties with Social Serve, the site manager, by communicating by on-line at the site, through phone (1-877-428-8844), e-mail, or fax (1-866-265-7811). Landlords will receive a user name and password to control listing information. Once a property is leased, the landlord “hides” the property from view while it is maintained in the database for easy retrieval. 
            Renters can search for properties by city or county name and display several properties on a map at once to determine the best location for them. 
            TNHousingSearch.org is an important part of Tennessee’s disaster housing intervention plan and is already being used by caseworkers and agencies across affected areas to relocate those in need of housing.
            “Making sure that our residents can stabilize quickly will help minimize the trauma that flooding is causing in our region,” said Tennessee Housing Development Agency Executive Director Ted R. Fellman. “It is critical that as many housing options as possible are available to victims. We urge landlords to list on this free, centralized service right away.”
            Registration with TNHousingSearch.org can be a temporary activity for property owners who are not “in the rental business”.
            “We need all vacant properties to be made available for our displaced neighbors,” said Phil Ryan, executive director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. “This is an opportunity to put a vacant property to use for a family in need.”
            Among the housing and service providers joining THDA and MDHA in the effort to secure temporary housing are the Greater Nashville Apartment Association, Catholic Charities, The Housing Fund, Urban Housing Solutions and Woodbine Community Organization.