Post-Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) has provided the Daily Business News with an update on the recovery steps in their state.
“In trying to anticipate next steps, we expect vendors will be selected by the GLO [General Land Office} and soon to follow local Council of Governments (COGs) for temporary housing,” TMHA’s statement said.
“No one at this point knows how many MHUs [Manufactured Housing Units] will be used in temporary housing efforts,” the Austin-based trade association said. “Both state and local agencies are waiting for FEMA to vet the disaster registrants to determine eligibility, need, and type of temporary housing.”
“FEMA has had over 900,000 registrants with some level of disaster claim. Expectations are that the total number of registrants will surpass one-million people,” TMHA stated, noting that in “prior disaster events, TMHA has been told approximate six percent of FEMA claims result in eligible persons in need of some form of temporary (18-month) housing, of which MHUs are one option.”
It will be months before the details all become clear.
“In the coming weeks and months, we anticipate contractors and vendors selected by federal, state and local governments to start deploying and building MHUs,” TMHA’s release stated. “We also anticipate more calls for adequate placement locations, such as on vacancies in MH Communities.”
A COG in the Machinery of Government…
“For our industry to participate and demonstrate the role we can play providing some of the permanent replacement housing, you must get involved with the local COGs. We must appeal at the local COG levels to be included, and not excluded, when the permanent rebuilding efforts begin in 2018,” they said.
“TMHA is already working to advance this effort at the state level, but we have been told time and again the ultimate decision on housing and rebuilding will be controlled at the local level,” per the TMHA. “We ask our members to get involved early, participate vigorously, educate people about our homes, and advocate for yourself and our industry.”
Enormous Opportunities Require Effort
“The permanent rebuilding efforts will be enormous and last for years,” per the TMHA’s research.
“This effort is one that the manufactured housing industry must be a major contributor to. In the years to come we will have an opportunity to show not only what we can do,” the association said, “but also amaze would be detractors just how far we have come. It is on all the industry to make sure we are given opportunities to compete on a level playing field so recovering homeowners are presented our homes as a permanent housing option.” ## (News, Analysis.)
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.