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FEMA’s Mission Ends in North Dakota

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last posted Nov. 27, 2012 regarding manufactured homes imported into Minot, North Dakota by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to house survivors of the Souris River flood in 2011, the FEMA mission ended Sept. 24 as the last households secured permanent housing. Over 2,000 manufactured homes were brought in to the region as FEMA established three manufactured home communities (MHCs), according to Some of the homes were sited in five existing MHCs, and over 1,100 manufactured homes were placed on private property. As the program wound down, 265 of the housing units were sold to residents for permanent housing. In addition to organizing the housing mission, FEMA assisted Souris Valley residents to the tune of $90 million for repairs to homes, for rent for those whose homes were temporarily uninhabitable. In total, MHProNews understands FEMA provided $400 million in disaster assistance to individuals and local governments as a result of the flooding.

(Photo credit: minotdailynews–Souris River flood aftermath)

FEMA may Bring in Modular Homes for those Displaced by the Flood

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned over 6,400 Colorado flood victims have applied for federal aid, and $430,000 has been approved in individual assistance. President Obama made an “emergency” and a “major disaster” declaration for Colorado based on the flooding, which opens the door to tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement to local government as well as to individuals. While the notes the possible Sept. 30 shutdown of the government, there is enough funding available in the disaster relief budget. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate states the housing programs to assist those displaced include repairing existing homes, renting dwellings, and the use of modular homes.

(Photo credit: Denver Post)

Emergency Manufactured Homes may Assist in Colorado Flooding

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief Craig Fugate met with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and members of the state’s congressional delegation to discuss rebuilding and housing options regarding the over 19,000 buildings and homes damaged, and 1,502 homes destroyed, by the flooding along the Front Range. In addition over 30 highway bridges have been washed out. Fugate offered a fuller analysis of the damage may not be realized for up to three weeks, but according to, FEMA will try to find rental units for those left homeless as it does during catastrophes of this type. If necessary emergency manufactured housing units will be brought in, as MHProNews has learned.

(Photo credit: John Wark/Associated Press–South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado washes out road)

West, Texas Schools using Modular Classrooms

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

The devastating April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas destroyed the intermediate, high school and parts of the middle school. The West Independent School District (ISD) received $2.75 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase several modular classrooms that will temporarily serve as classrooms. Modular units for the science labs, the band hall, locker rooms and administrative offices should all arrive within two weeks, according to In terms of rebuilding the schools, FEMA offers two options, both related to Hurricane Sandy: Under the pre-Sandy method, there is no limit on the amount received, but there are restrictions on how it is spent; the post-Sandy method, MHProNews has learned, caps the spending but is less restrictive in how the funds are spent, and the money is received up front. The ISD hopes to have all new buildings by fall, 2015.

(Photo credit: Joe Bryksa/–modular classroom)

Katrina Cottages may be Heading North

August 5th, 2013 Comments off

The flooding that ravaged Calgary, Alberta, Canada in late June and early July, 2013 has resulted in a housing shortage that one Alderman is seeking to fill using Katrina Cottages. While relatively inexpensive at $115 a foot, the units are also small and easy to assemble. Alderman Druh Farrell would ease regulations so the cottages could be sited in yards adjoining flooded homes until the owners’ have repaired their own homes. “We’ve got students coming back to school in the fall, we have workers (that) are coming to help rebuild our city. Where will they stay?” Farrell asks. “And all the people who’ve been displaced while they’ve been rebuilding their homes — where do they go?” As rvbusiness informs MHProNews, Katrina Cottages were used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that battered New Orleans, displacing the notorious FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailers.

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FEMA Disaster Housing: Manufactured Homes instead of Park Models

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

A switch by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from Park Model homes to manufactured homes for disaster housing has some FEMA field staff members, among others, shaking their heads. According to the Homeland Security Dept. Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the larger manufactured homes often require siting in existing communities, which will cost FEMA $76 million annually. The Park Models measure 12 feet wide by 33 feet long, are more transportable, have fewer restrictions in terms of siting, can be placed on the property of the family rebuilding their home and are closer to schools. But FEMA points out the manufactured homes are made according to HUD Code, which insures safe levels of formaldehyde, and and are more suitable to longer-term occupancy. As MHProNews has learned from fiercehomelandsecurity, the OIG suggested FEMA bring back a housing option similar to the Park Model, which is less expensive and can be moved more quickly than a manufactured house.

(Photo credit: Russ Desantis/therecord–manufactured homes stored at Six Flags in New Jersey.)

Modular Homes to West, Tex? The City Hopes

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

Bringing modular homes into West, Tex. to people displaced by the April 17, 2013 explosion will cost $10,000 each, which does not include hooking up to utilities. The forty units, as MHProNews reported June 11, 2013, would house two families apiece, but will be available only to residents who are rebuilding for two years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declined to bring in temporary housing, saying there are sufficient rentals available in the West area. The county can provide manpower and equipment to install the homes, but neither it nor the city has funds to transport the modular units from Killeen, Tex. to West, the wacotrib reports. The city’s Long-Term Recovery Committee Executive Director Karen Bernsen says she wants to bring the residents back closer to where they are rebuilding their homes, and intends to file for state and federal assistance to transport the homes.

(Photo credit: merchantcircle–modular home being sited)

Modular Homes to House Displaced Canadians

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

Flood waters that displaced up to 900 people in Calgary, Alberta, Canada caused over $250 million in damages and led to the issuance of a state of emergency by Mayor Naheed Nanshi. According to Bruce Burrell, head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, “We’re in conversation with the province about building temporary neighborhoods within the city of Calgary. We have three locations that are graded and ready to go that were already available sites.” Tentative plans call for siting of modular homes in those locations to house the displaced, as informs MHProNews.

(Photo credit: Tory Ramsay/–Calgary, Alberta flooding)

West, Tex. Considers Modular Housing

June 11th, 2013 Comments off

The wacotrib informs MHProNews the city of West, Tex., that was hit with the April 17 fertilizer explosion, is exploring the feasibility of bringing modular units to house the residents displaced by the blast. Each structure would house two families, but would cost $10,000 to haul from Killeen, Tex., not including utility hook-ups. Each dwelling has three bedrooms and a bath, and would be owned by a private company as rentals. Residents could occupy them while their own homes are being rebuilt. Forty are immediately available, each requiring a quarter of an acre, steering the city to seek a ten acre plot where the homes can be sited. West would also have to provide infrastructure for the modular units, including utility lines and roads, both of which are major expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not help because of the abundance of hotel rooms in the area.

(Photo credit: KBS Systems–modular duplex)

Battle Awakes over Placement of FEMA Park Model Trailers

April 15th, 2013 Comments off

The newsherald informs MHProNews from Panama City, Fla., a battle going on since June 2012 is pitting city commissioners against the owner of Mill-Village MHC, Katy Adair, for having two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) park model trailers in the community in violation of a city ordinance. Code enforcement says Adair has a permit from Bay County for the structures but not permission from the city, making them illegal. The city’s magistrate had ruled since they were not mobile homes but were sited in a mobile home community, they were non conforming and authorized code enforcement to remove them and charge Adair for the removal. However, a judge decided since they are not mobile homes they could not be covered by the law that forbids mobile homes in the city. The city appealed the decision in August, 2012 but the appeal was denied. On March 21 city code enforcement told Adair to move the trailers in 30 days, appeal, or face a $250/day fine for each day they remain. Meanwhile, code enforcement officers arrived Tuesday morning, April 9, to take bids on removing the units, hours before commissioners voted to amend an ordinance restricting “FEMA Park Model Trailers” to be sited in the city to no more than a year. Adair says they want to take her property and charge her for removing it. Jim Ayotte, executive director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA), says not many cities explicitly ban FEMA trailers, placing them in a grey area, but he does note, “These were never designed to be permanent housing, and they shouldn’t be used that way.” As of April 11 Adair had not filed an appeal.

(Photo credit: Thomas P. Costello/app–FEMA trailers)