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Evacuees are looking for short-term housing in Acadiana

Many real estate agents' phones were ringing off the hook on Monday from those who are in need of housing due to Hurricane Ida.

Posted: Sep 2, 2021 5:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)-There are many evacuees in Acadiana after being displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Ida and some of them may be here to stay.

Real estate agents are trying to keep up with the demand for housing, although there is already a shortage of homes.

Teresa Pastor, an agent for District South Real Estate, said that her phone started ringing off the hook on Monday.

“They can't find anything. A lot of them are just really desperate to find anything. They're just begging for help them,” Pastor said,

Pastor took it upon herself to create a list of homes and apartments available for short-term leases.

“I started contacting all of the apartment complexes in Lafayette to see who would take short-term rentals. And so, I've basically made a list of all the different apartment complexes that have space available and then also a list of furniture rental companies so that people can furnish them as well,” she said.

According to the agent, the market is already short of housing, so they had to come up with different ways to accommodate those in need.

“District south has been contacting all of their clients asking if they have vacant camps if they have vacant rentals if they are willing to move out of their house temporarily and move in with their parents and let us rent the house. We even had agents move out of their house and in with parents so that they can rent out their house,” she said.

Nick Hundley, an agent with eXp Realty, said that evacuees are willing to be placed in homes that are outside of the hub city.

“Considering the circumstances, nobody has really pinpointed a certain area is more the things that are more important to them right now, or air conditioning, internet, you know, just a roof over their head,” Hundley said.

The evacuees that he encountered aren’t looking for permanent housing just yet, but based on previous years he can see it happening sooner than later.

“The hurricanes last year have also impacted our real estate market, I mean we still have, you know people who evacuated from the Lake Charles area, you know, renting here or maybe they moved here,” he said.

Both agents recommend evacuees to look on Craigslists or Facebook Marketplace for places that offer short-term leases.

If you are an evacuee and still need help finding short or long-term housing in Acadiana you can call or text Teresa Pastor’s hurricane assistance line at 337-202-2966.

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