According to atl.gmnews, some 17 manufactured homes are being prepared for occupancy at Pine Tree Mobile Home Park in Eatonton, New Jersey for people who still do not have a place to call home as the result of Hurricane Sandy. The rents will be from $750 to $850 with the option to buy for those who are eligible for the housing. Although the homes are not furnished, the Affordable Housing Alliance has resources that can help with household goods, as well as access to food pantries. The first three units will be ready by the end of Feb. with three units added each week, two of which will handicap accessible. The manufactured homes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided are 70 feet long, which is too long for many of the communities, according to Donna Blaze, CEO of the alliance that operates Pine Tree. She says her organization continues to work with FEMA to identify communities that have available space for the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people who are still in need of housing. As MHProNews had been informed, while 300 of the alliance’s housing units are occupied by displaced survivors, some of the organization’s housing was damaged or destroyed during the storm, so resources have been directed to repair and/or rebuild those units.
(Photo credit: thewesterlysun–aftermath of Hurricane Sandy)