FEMA Homes Coming to NY and NJ

The Washington Post reports that the federal government is moving manufactured homes into the New York and New Jersey areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Forty prefabricated homes are en route to a staging area in New Jersey from Maryland, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says there are several hundred temporary homes in its emergency inventory. MHProNews has learned NY and NJ officials will decide where to site them. Since the hurricane hit, over 317,000 have registered for financial aid with FEMA, which has already approved $300 million in emergency assistance. Additionally, more than 101,000 people are eligible for temporary housing in hotels and motels, but officials do not know how many are utilizing this option. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the worst case estimate is 40,000 need emergency housing, but he adds half of those will likely have their power back on in a few days, and ultimately only 10,000 people or less may need temporary quarters.

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