The civic action group MoveOn is enlisting the aid ofcelebrities to publicize its online housing location service. TimRobbins, Green Day, John Cusack, and REM are among the actors andmusicians who have joined the effort to find housing for victims ofHurricane Katrina.

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“As a band, we felt that promoting the service is essential —literally a matter of life and death,” said Michael Stipe of REM.In addition to appearing in public service announcements, theartists are promoting the housing effort with links on their websites.

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In creating the web site, http://hurricanehousing.org, MoveOnasked its 3.3 million members and the public to post any availablehousing for the thousands of people left homeless.

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The organization connects evacuees directly with volunteerhosts, and also provides housing information to the Red Cross andFederal Emergency Management Agency.

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Within the first 24 hours, people across the country openedtheir homes and offered more than 42,000 beds, 12,000 of them inthe Southeast. The emergency drive specifically is seekingvolunteer hosts within about 300 miles of the affected areas. MoveOn estimates that more than 100,000 people in Louisiana andMississippi were left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

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