1001 households have reportedly left their FEMA MHUs – Manufactured Housing Units – and are back in what local news reports dub, “permanent housing.”
“FEMA says at the height of the temporary housing program after the August 2016 flooding, more than 4,600 households were put into MHUs. Most of the households taking advantage of the MHUs were located in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston Parishes. Currently, about 3,500 households still remain in MHUs,” stated WAFB.
“MHUs were provided as a temporary housing solution by FEMA at the request of the state if no other housing options were available,” says WBRZ. “Flood survivors may be eligible to stay in an MHU for up to 18 months, until February 2018, if they continue to work on their long-term housing plans.”
The Daily Business News has tracked the drama before and during the problematic and delayed deployment of the FEMA MHUs.
Informed sources with the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association advised MHProNews at the time that they could have done the same work faster, better – and for less.
The local news video in this report has the typical mainstream media (MSM) terminology problems, which is part of the pattern of irritants for the industry and manufactured home owners.
Per WBRZ, “…FEMA, re certification teams with Individual Assistance meet regularly with applicants in all MHUs to review the applicant’s housing plan. FEMA says 72 percent of flood survivors are on track with permanent housing plans. All applicants living in MHUs must actively seek permanent housing.”
A prior report on this issue, is linked here. ##
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.