Rice Alumni Temporary Housing Matching Program
Dear Gulf Coast Rice Alumni,
With our deep ties to the Gulf Coast, Rice alumni have been among those most seriously affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts go out to all of you who have endured the severe challenges of the past week and a half and are beginning the recovery process. I also have been inspired, though not surprised, to see that Rice alumni (along with students, faculty, staff and parents) have been some of the most active volunteers in the immediate efforts to respond to the storm.
A number of Rice alumni, hoping to take advantage of the strong and unique connections between our alumni, have asked if there is a way they could provide housing for fellow alumni in need. Responding to those requests, the Association of Rice Alumni has developed a housing-match program for Rice alumni. This is how it works:
- If you are able to provide temporary housing to alumni in need, please visit this link and enter the requested information about your location and ability to provide housing. Please keep in mind that this information will be distributed to alumni who request it and cannot be kept secure.
- If you are in need of housing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact information and class year. Alumni Relations staff will confirm that you are a Rice alum and will send you a link to a document with contact information and other details about the alumni who have offered housing. You will then be able to reach out to alumni whose location and ability appear to meet your needs to determine whether there is a good match.
- If you have any questions about the temporary housing-match process, please contact Alicia Burns-Wright '08 or Wendy Hoenig '86. These ARA Board members will be available to answer questions and provide guidance, but each alumni pair will be responsible for working out the details of a housing arrangement. Please share as much information as possible about what you are comfortable offering and what you will need so that this process can run as smoothly as possible during this difficult time.
Finally, if you are able, please consider making a contribution to the Rice Hurricane Relief Fund. The fund will be used to support Rice employees and students who have been negatively affected by Hurricane Harvey and/or Rice outreach activities to benefit Houston in its recovery efforts. There are of course many groups doing outstanding work in the Gulf Coast region, and this fund is just one way to help.
To Rice Be True,
Matt Haynie '03
President, Association of Rice Alumni
By your participation in the Harvey Housing-Match Program for Rice Alumni (the “program”), you acknowledge and agree that, to the maximum extent permitted by law, the entire risk arising out of your participation in and use of the program, your listing of any available accommodation, your stay at any such accommodation, or any other interaction you have with individuals offering accommodation, accepting accommodation, or residing or visiting at the residence or property providing such accommodation, whether in person or online, remains with you. For example, some accommodations may carry risk of illness, bodily injury, disability, or death, and you freely and intentionally assume those risks by choosing to participate in this program. You assume full responsibility for the choices you make before, during and after your participation in the program. If you have a minor in the accommodation or at the residence or on the property on which the accommodation is situated, you are solely responsible for the supervision of that minor throughout the duration of the accommodation and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree to release and hold harmless Rice University and the ARA from all liabilities and claims that arise in any way from any injury, death, loss or harm that occurs to that minor during your participation in this program or in any way related to the accommodation. Neither Rice University nor the ARA will be liable for any damages or claims, including any damages for personal or bodily injury, emotional distress or property damage or loss arising out of or in connection with any listing, offering, accepting or utilizing such accommodations through the program, whether based on warranty, contract, tort (including negligence), product liability or any other legal theory.