Temporary Peer Accommodation
This site was created in response to the need for short-term, ad-hoc accommodation required in situations of evacuation or area lock-downs where people may require a safe place to stay for one or more nights and there are people willing to offer a place to stay. The idea was initially borne out of the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alberta during a wildfire in 2016 that saw over 90,000 people evacuated from the area. This site has been built to be rapidly deployed and used within an hour of an event providing temporary, self-serve matching during the period that government and relief agencies are working on their response.
July 2017 BC Wildfires
A series of wildfires due to extreme heat and dry conditions across BC and Alberta has resulted in evacuations across the BC interior. The site has been deployed to help those willing to provide accommodations match up with evacuees in need of assistance and a place to stay. Click here for more.
February 12, 2017 - Oroville Dam Evacuation
July 22, 2016 - Site was activated for Munich shootings and cleared when the situation was resolved and transit service restored.
How It Works
This forum is lightly moderated in that spam and abusive messages will be removed, but all participants accept that the site is to be used at their own risk. If you are offering space in your home or accepting space in a stranger's home it is recommended that you:
- Exchange IDs when you first meet and use your smartphone to take a picture of the identification.
- Email or message friends or family with the information of the other person and details of the stay.
- Follow your gut. If something doesn't feel right, then do not proceed with the arrangement.
This space is not intended for rental postings or other commercial activities. Posts requiring payment of any kind will be removed.
Registration is optional and not required for participation, however, messages posted without registration cannot be edited or deleted. Email addresses are protected against bot scrapers, but the information will be publicly available. This site will never sell, rent, or give-away collected information, but we cannot limit anyone from manually collecting the information on the site.
If you are offering a place to stay, leave a message below with your first name, the location of where the space is (neighbourhood and city may both be applicable), your preferred method of contact (email or telephone), and any details on the space you have available. Include details on if smoking or pets are allowed.
Requiring a Place To Stay
You can contact people offering a place to stay directly without leaving a message, but if you require space, please ensure your message includes you first name, contact information that you can access while displaced (telephone, text, or email) and the details of what you require. Please mention pets, children, smoking preferences, and how long you expect to need accommodations.
Those looking for a place to stay or able to offer a place for evacuees to stay can list themselves on the evacuee page. I'll be keeping an eye on the situation and will try to update the resources page as I can as the situation develops. If you can volunteer to find and update resources, please let me know on the volunteer page and I'll gladly accept the help.