Time Running Out on FEMA’s Manufactured Home Assistance

MHProNews.com has learned from northjersey.com 25 families living in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured homes as the result of Hurricane Sandy are facing an April 30 move-out date, although some have been told they must leave by April 1. That is when FEMA’s temporary assistance program will expire for the area of New Jersey devastated by the storm. The agency typically gives people 18 months to rebuild their homes or make other living arrangements.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie asked for a six month extension in a letter to President Barack Obama, noting that many Fort Monmouth residents continue to wait for insurance settlements to pay for repairs, and continue to make mortgage payments. Marina Pesheva, who has been living with her two children and disabled husband at the decommissioned fort, just received $150,000, the state’s maximum under its Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation program. Pesheva says work will begin Monday on the modular home the family has ordered to replace their home that had to be razed, and should be finished in six weeks. ##

(Photo credit: Mary Frank/asburyparkpress.com–modular home being sited at Monmouth Beach, New Jersey)

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