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Facebook group aims to connect people who lost homes in Marshall Fire with available housing

 A row of homes covered with snow on a sunny winter day.
Henry Zimmerman
A row of homes in Boulder, Colorado.

Thousands of people who have been displaced from their homes by the Marshall Fire are now faced with the daunting task of finding a place to live. That search would be difficult under the best of circumstances, but right now, available housing along the Front Range happens to be in very short supply.

On Friday afternoon, just a day after the devastating wildfire erupted, two realtors realized a way they could help bridge the gap between those who needed a place to stay and people who had an available home. Shannon Schliep and Amanda Divito Parle started the Marshall Fire Housing Needs and Availability Facebook group, which currently has around 2,500 members. We talk with them about their work to help survivors of the Boulder County fires.

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