Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as ABC 10 and the Chico Enterprise Record are among the sources that report that FEMA’s new manufactured home community for some 110 households displaced by the Camp Fire disaster is ready for occupancy.
As the video shows, these homes have a special fire suppression equipment feature, apparently as an extra piece of mind item for those who have already experienced the shock of losing their home to an epic blaze.
FEMA’s community is near Gridley, CA and will have about a 400 manufactured housing unit (MHU) capacity. FEMA tells MHProNews that construction began in May, 2019.
The city of Gridley said that “The Camp Wildfire is considered the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, burning nearly 154,000 acres for 17 days, claiming at least 85 lives, destroying nearly 13,972 residences, and leaving homeless over 30,000 of our Butte County neighbors.”
In pursuing the information from the various sources – including FEMA – there is a surprising amount of confusion on terminology and facts. That won’t be the focus here, but is noted so that those who may be reading about manufactured homes for the first time won’t automatically trust what third-party information on terminology or related topics. Insights on definitions and information on manufactured homes in general are found at the link below.
The 72-acre Gridley Industrial Park has been revamped for FEMA with some 400 newly-built manufactured housing units (MHU). That makes it the largest and most costly FEMA housing site in California, said the ChicoER.
“The general purpose is assisting with the transition while they recover from the Camp Fire,” said Michael Peacock, a FEMA spokesperson.
As recent reports on manufactured home production have reflected, the number of units ordered by FEMA in 2019 has dropped significantly. However, there is word that another round of orders for MHUs is in the works.
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