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FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) Program Extension Announced

December 26th, 2018 Comments off


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) says that survivors of the August 2016 flooding who are using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured housing units (MHUs) will be given one more extension on the use of that emergency housing option.


In a press release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews on Saturday, the following information was provided.



BATON ROUGE – Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a fourth extension of the federal temporary housing program for survivors of the August 2016 floods has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through April 30, 2019.

Edwards requested that homeowners be given additional time and the low rent for the Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) be retained as survivors rebuild their homes that were either severely damaged or destroyed by the floods. FEMA has noted this will be the final extension, and the current rent structure will remain in place.  Multiple state agencies have been working with FEMA staff, local officials and volunteer agencies to assist the families remaining in this program.  These efforts will be expanded, and each family’s case will be evaluated to ensure the best possible outcome by the final end date.

“We are grateful to FEMA for granting this request and recognizing the needs of our people as they continue recovering,” said Gov. Edwards.  “While I know the homeowners who remain in temporary housing would like nothing better than to be in their homes for the holidays, this extension will give them more time to continue rebuilding.  We will continue to work with these families along with FEMA and other partners to use this final extension period to identify and implement the most appropriate and affordable housing solutions available.”

As of December 20, 2018, there are 382 families occupying the MHUs.  At the state’s request, FEMA provided the units as a last resort to some survivors who were unable to find temporary housing.  The state continues to use various programs to assist homeowners, including the Restore Homeowner Assistance Program to help survivors get back into their homes and the Rapid Rehousing Program, which provides eligible families with a housing voucher that matches them with available housing resources.

According to the Governor’s Office, more than 4,200 households, which make up about 92 percent of those who received FEMA-provided mobile homes, have recovered and returned home or found other permanent housing. ###


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Modular Homes Still Rising in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

July 27th, 2015 Comments off

Connecticut_modular__the_news-times__autumn_driscoll__john_mcnamara_with_modular_homeMany people have likely forgotten Superstorm Sandy, as the third anniversary of that devastating storm that ripped up the Eastern Seaboard approaches, but in Connecticut, Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County has opened an office in Bethel, CT to continue dealing with the victims of that storm. As courant informs MHProNews, residents are receiving assistance from the government.

Company president Paul Scazlo said, “Our New Jersey branch started shortly before us, but we quickly began getting calls from Connecticut residents to help with their homes. It led into our involvement with the Connecticut Department of Housing’s Community Development Block Grant and the Superstorm Sandy disaster recovery program, which provided funding to victims of the storm, and we became one of the two authorized modular home builders for the fund.

The company has finished over a dozen modular homes ranging in price from 240,000 to $1.4 million, and from 800 square feet for a postage stamp size lot up to nearly 6,000 square feet, depending upon customization and the customer’s budget.

Much to the surprise of the state, they can complete a house in four to eight weeks, much quicker than the six to eight months it normally rakes for a comparable stick-built home. The company provides 3-D renditions of the home so customers can clearly see a model of exactly what they want. One customer, John McNamara, said “The longest part of the whole process was the application and forms from the town.” ##

(Photo credit:thenews-times/Autumn Driscoll-John McNamara with new modular home)

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