Value Place Offers Free Hotel-Apartment Rooms Through December to Recent Hurricane Survivors

Company Also Offers Five Rooms Free for One Year at Gulfport, Miss., Property

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Sep 27, 2005, 01:00 ET from Value Place

    WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Value Place is offering up to five
 rooms at every one of its short-term residential properties -- free through
 year-end -- to those displaced by Hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia and Rita.
     In addition, the company has pledged to begin building its Gulfport,
 Miss., property as soon as city leaders and others feel it's safe for such
 work to begin. When this Value Place opens, up to five rooms will be reserved
 for displaced area residents to stay at no cost for one year from the property
     Value Place properties that are now open and offering free rooms to
 Katrina, Ophelia and Rita survivors are:
     Bentonville, Ark.
     Kansas City, Mo.
     Lubbock, Texas
     Myrtle Beach, S.C.
     Del City, Okla.
     Oklahoma City
     Wichita, Kan.  (two locations)
     Properties that will open soon and offer free rooms to Katrina, Ophelia
 and Rita survivors are:
     Little Rock, Ark.
     Lincoln, Neb.
     Omaha, Neb.
     Tulsa, Okla.
     Those who need housing should contact the local Red Cross or other local
 non-profit organizations that are coordinating hurricane housing relief in
 each city.
     Value Place is a hotel-apartment hybrid. It offers cleaner and safer
 lodging at affordable rates for weekly or longer stays.
     Lodging industry visionary Jack DeBoer launched Value Place
 ( ) in 2003.
     "We're pleased to open our doors to those who have lost so much," says
 Gina-Lynne Scharoun, president of Value Place Franchise Services. "We're proud
 that all of our franchisees have joined together to help meet the desperate
 need for housing."
     Value Place is based in Wichita. Seven properties are open with 12 more
 under construction. In all, the company has more than 175 franchise
     Company founder DeBoer invented the extended-stay hotel concept. He also
 founded Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites and Candlewood Suites and developed
 more than 16,000 apartments.

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