City Ordinance Prohibits FEMA Homes, Despite Emergency Need

WBRC MyFoxAL reports from northern Alabama that dozens of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homes are available for victims of the tornadoes, but not in Cordova, Alabama, in Walker County because the city ordinance prohibits single section homes inside city limits.  Mayor Jack Scott says double-sectionals are allowed in certain areas of town; he fears the FEMA homes will reduce property values in town, and he is trying to attract young professionals.  However, the people needing homes in many cases cannot afford the added upkeep of a multi-section, and some residents are complaining about the mayor’s stance.  He says he is looking for alternative solutions such as abandoned homes, and he is also consulting with a modular home builder.  Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association, told that on May 19 Mayor Scott was exploring areas just outside of town with FEMA officials as possible sites for the FEMA homes.  She also noted city hall had been destroyed in the tornado and the mayor is now using a FEMA home as his office.

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