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 opening. 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 ( http://www.myvalueplace.com ) 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 commitments. 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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