“The state’s most destructive wildfire broke out just before dawn Nov. 8, burning nearly 14,000 homes in the communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow, and killing 85 people,” said KQED News. “The blaze’s destruction worsened an already difficult housing crisis in and around the nearby city of Chico: Butte County had some 2,000 homeless, NPR reported, and many survivors were left scrambling for housing, with some crashing in Chico and others staying in tents or RVs on their scorched properties.”
FEMA said Thursday it’s preparing to open the first of four of what KQED misnamed “mobile home parks” devoted to Camp Fire survivors in the next few weeks. The agency plans for around 700 FEMA manufactured housing units (MHU) eventually.
FEMA stated last week that nearly 1,000 people need temporary housing in RVs and manufactured homes.
The first FEMA MHU community, Rosewood Estates in Oroville, CA the units has 40 homes with one-, two- and three-bedroom units. They are furnished, but aren’t fancy. Those assigned to the units can live there for up to 18 months.
Building the sites for manufactured homes involved several state and local agencies. That meant permissions, inspections, and permits, said FEMA spokesman Michael Peacock. Peacock was responding to criticism about how long it has taken the agency to bring in temporary housing for fire survivors.
“We are working as fast as we possibly can to provide shelter to those survivors,” he said. In fairness to FEMA, if local hassles slowed them down, that needs to be considered, doesn’t it?
FEMA offers various types of housing aid, like RV trailers and rental assistance. Currently, FEMA is providing more than 7,400 people impacted by the Camp Fire with rental aid and offering temporary housing to some 260 families, according to the agency’s data.
The PBS/NPR affiliate said that “At this rate, it may take as long to get the FEMA trailer parks up and running as the year and a half time frame the agency says people will be temporarily housed.” Ouch for all of the obvious reasons.
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