Community groups lacking in software, tech-knowledge and funding can command a World Wide Web presence virtually overnight with the help of the Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network (MAIN), the nonprofit organization known to conduct "web raisings" that can have a site up and running in as little as an afternoon's time. Although not as direct a form of shelter as our Amish brothers and sisters might have erected, the MAIN website has links to many other not-for-profit agencies (whose sites they've probably set up, too), that put essential information -- such as city and state job bank listings, information on subsidized housing, and health and medical advice -- at the fingertips of citizens who need it most.
Austin MAIN (Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network)
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