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Matchmaking service connects evacuees with places to stay

A Rogue Valley nonprofit group has launched a matchmaking service to connect people displaced by local wildfires with people who can offer a temporary place to stay.

The nonprofit social services agency ACCESS created an online Housing Connection Portal at accesshelps.org/housingconnection/.

People who have homes or rooms they are willing to offer can visit the portal and list the city where the housing is located and whether it's a house, room, apartment, mobile home, recreational vehicle or fifth wheel trailer.

People with housing can say whether they prefer to host one person, a family or have no preference, and how many total people their property can accommodate. They can list the amount of time they can offer the housing.

There is an option to list the amount of rent requested, if any, along with any deposit and whether pets are allowed.

Those who have evacuated due to wildfires or who lost their homes can list how long they need housing, the number of people in their household, if they have pets and other information.

People with questions can email housingconnection@accesshelps.org.

At least 2,357 residential structures were destroyed in the Almeda fire that started Sept. 8 in Ashland and devastated Talent and Phoenix. Another 57 residential structures have been damaged. Damage assessments in the fire zones are continuing, according to a Tuesday update.

The Phoenix-Talent School District estimates half of its students' families have lost their homes.

On the South Obenchain fire burning between Shady Cove and Butte Falls in northern Jackson County, at least 29 homes have been lost, according to a Tuesday night update.

Spanish information/Información inespañol

ACCESS en Medford ha creado un Portal de Conexion de Vivienda para ayudar a conectar a aquellos que tienen casas o habitaciones para compartir y trabajar para emparejar con aquellos que had sido desplazados por los incendios locales.

Visita accesshelps.org/housingconnection/ para pedir ayuda o ofrecer ayuda.La información está disponible en español e inglés.

El personal de ACCESS trabajará para hacer coincidir a los que proporcionan vivienda temporal con los que necesitan vivienda en el sur de Oregon. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con HousingConnection@accesshelps.org.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Thousands of Jackson County residents have lost their homes in the Almeda fire and South Obenchain fire. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch