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Association, Members Respond to Hurricane Harvey, FEMA and Related Manufactured Housing Efforts

September 8th, 2017 Comments off
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With tens of thousands of households left homeless after Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is preparing for what administrator Brock Long believes could be years of work to get people back into homes.

  • As the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has previously reported,
    FEMA,
    the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
    as well as manufactured housing industry professionals,

are all gearing up for the biggest housing relief efforts seen in the United States to date.

The DBN has also reported on an urgent call from FEMA for manufactured homes.

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Now the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has informed MHProNews that many of the 4,500 requested emergency housing units will come from Alabama.

A lot of our retailers and manufacturing plants are already FEMA contractors, and they have a great deal of experience with building these homes,” said Alabama Manufactured Housing Association Deputy Director, Lance Latham.

“Alabama is Uniquely Prepared to Meet this Need”

There are some twelve manufactured housing plants in the state of Alabama.  Those production centers reported have nearly 4,000 employees. In 2016, those manufactured home plants produced more than 11,000 homes.

That total, sources say, does not include units made specifically for FEMA.

Our industry is very strong in Alabama, and because of that we are in a position to help,” said Latham. “As one of the top four states in the country for producing manufactured housing, Alabama is uniquely prepared to meet this need.”

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) can be between one and three bedrooms, and must be handicap accessible. The MHUs are built and inspected to the same HUD Code for manufactured homes, but have specific features that FEMA desires for emergency relief use.

During the recent urgent call for manufactured homes, FEMA will be taking all homes up to three bedrooms, and no larger than 16 X 72, per Federal Business Opportunities.

While FEMA gathers up existing manufactured homes for survivors of Harvey in Texas or Louisiana, manufacturers will need to replenish their inventory. Builders are striving to keep up with existing sales from retailers, communities and developers.  But they are also striving to prepare for the possibility of major hurricane destruction in Florida and the southeastern Atlantic, as Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall.

Disruption in the Supply Chain Could Stall Production

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Supplies like plywood could see a shortage due to Hurricane Harvey. Image credit, Love To Know.

Sources in Alabama have told MHProNews that there could be a temporary disruption of supplies as many of the suppliers are in the Houston metro area, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall less than two weeks ago.

Disruption in the supply chain is expected to affect both manufactured housing and the conventional housing industries, as well as remodelers. The first things expected to see a price hike are plywood and OSB.

According to the same sources, several manufacturers are already announcing the rise in prices to retailers, communities and developers.

The price of fuel is also temporarily up, which will tend to lead to a fuel surcharges.

All these potential shortages can affect the efficiency of the production of additional manufactured homes for FEMA.  Still, the response time using MHUs or other manufactured homes is likely to be much more rapid than conventional construction, because similar factors will impact ‘stick builders.’

Regardless, AMHA states that manufacturers in Alabama are prepared, and that “the plants can easily switch over to doing FEMA units,” per AL.com. ## (News.)

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VP Mike Pence, Industry Voices Sound Off on Manufactured Housing Relief for Harvey Victims

August 31st, 2017 Comments off
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The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery-housing missions that the nation has ever seen,” Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said during a news conference Monday. “It’s a long process. Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas. We have to set the expectations.”

Since last Friday the Daily Business News has been tracking Hurricane Harvey, the devastation left in its wake, and what it could mean for manufactured housing.

What was originally estimated to be just under $40 billion in damages has quickly turned into $100 billion or more, per Newsmax.

The Daily Business News has also reported that FEMA is already gearing up for what Long estimates could be years trying to rectify housing needs in Texas.

Once you start to wrap up the life safety mission and you’re moving citizens who may be trapped or isolated, you’re trying to get them to a shelter, you’re trying to minimize the time that they spend in that shelter,” said Long.

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Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA. Image credit, Congressional Fire Services Institute.

As the search and rescue phase begins to draw to a close, thousands of households are thinking in terms of long-term shelters. FEMA’s goal is to support Texas – and now Louisiana – to get storm victims out of shelters and into some form of semi-permanent or permanent housing near their communities and jobs, as much as possible.

Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas,” Long said. “And we have to set the expectations. But we already have disaster housing assessment teams on site. We’re already working very proactively with the state.”

Those who have no financial means to obtain new housing will have access to disaster assistance, which will find them accommodations at motels or apartments.

So far, more than 22,000 have begun the application process for emergency disaster assistance, per USA Today.

The goal of this is, if we can’t put you back in your home because it’s destroyed or because the floodwaters are there and are going to be there a while, we want to get you out of the long-term sheltering,” Long said.

FEMA’s Manufactured Homes Will Be an Option for Thousands Displaced by the Storm

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Vice President Mike Pence. Image credit, Wikipedia.

Thousands of manufactured homes are pre-positioned to respond,” said Vice President Mike Pence to Sean Hannity on his radio show.

FEMA says that this time, manufactured homes are being used as a last resort accommodation, when there are no longer hotels or apartments available for housing.

The last resort is to bring in manufactured homes and travel trailers,” Long said.

But that is a long process,” he added. “We don’t start dragging in manufactured homes and travel trailers right off the bat. They’re not going to be on your property tomorrow by any means.”

While Long said that they will bring in manufactured housing, but will also use travel trailers, at least one industry professional is questioning the accuracy of that statement.

Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says he thinks that inaccurate.

Well, they’re lumping manufactured housing in with RVs, which is wrong factually and also not FEMA policy as I understand it.  That policy is to use federally regulated HUD Code housing and not RVs,” Weiss told MHProNews.

In his interview with Hannity, Vice President Pence added that manufactured homes would be available sooner “thanks to president Trump signing a disaster declaration before the storm even hit.”

Pence used the correct terminology each time he spoke about the issue of manufactured homes.  A HUD Code producer in Indiana, where Pence was governor, told MHProNews that the vice-president he was “well informed” on the issues, including the use of proper nomenclature.

Another source concurred.

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Vice President Pence is well versed in manufactured housing,”  Ronald L. Breymier, Executive Director, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) told MHProNews.He is originally from Columbus, Indiana and even before he was elected Governor he was familiar with our industry due to a friendship with one IMHA-RVIC’s board members (now deceased) who owned manufactured housing communities. As Governor he was sensitive to and responsive to Indiana’s manufactured housing industry.”

Logistics

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Weiss told MHProNewsthat saying that MH are the last resort may reflect the practical logistical reality of getting manufactured homes into the disaster zone in significant numbers, right away.”

Texas MHA Will Help Provide Housing

FEMA is not the only ones who will be working to provide housing for the Texans who lost their homes in this devastating natural disaster.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, numerous private and corporate groups, and the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) are all among also doing what they can to help residents get back into homes as soon as possible.

TMHA has pledged to help in both the immediate future and long term rebuilding efforts to come.  We are organizing within our membership ranks to prepare in the event our industry, in particular, came play a role in the recovery efforts,” the association told MHProNews in a release.

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Texas Manufactured Housing Association. Image credit, TMHA.

TMHA has asked retailers and communities to take stock of their inventories should they be asked about help housing those who were displaced. They said they have not been asked yet, but have been in the past.

Gus Rodriguez of Tejas Homes, near Conroe, TX was among the retailers that told MHProNews that they were gearing up to assist flood victims looking for housing.  The retailer indicated that they closed during the heaviest parts of the storm, but were re-opening and ready to go with a good level of inventory.

 

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

President Trump Thanks Everyone for Working Together

Earlier this week, the White House Press Room told MHProNews that, Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they will receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with local leadership and relief organizations. In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will tour the Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas.”

During the storm briefing, Trump commended everyone in his cabinet for working so hard and so well together to provide Texans with everything they need to get through this terrible time. The full video of the briefing is below.

Louisiana and the LMHA

At this point our thoughts remain with those in Texas that are experiencing what we here in Louisiana felt 12 years ago. We remain ready to assist in any way we can,”  said Leonard Kopowski with the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association to MHProNews.

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Leonard Kopowski. Credit: MHLivingNews.

 

As far as Louisiana, early reports show nearly 2,000 houses affected and 5,000 residents displaced.  The LMHA will stands ready to serve those seeking new homes for their families,” Kopowski said.

Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory this morning. “Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots.” ## (News.)

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Is FEMA Prepared for Hurricane Harvey Recovery?

August 29th, 2017 Comments off
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FEMA is going to be there for years,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” in regards to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Long added, “This disaster is going to be a landmark event.”

Hurricane Harvey made landfall last Friday night, between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas. It hit as a category 4 hurricane, per CNN.

Earlier on Friday, the Daily Business News had reported that the storm was expected to do $36.9 billion in damages if it had made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.

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MHProNews heard from a retailer north of Houston that indicated they had temporarily closed their sales center during the deluge.

They expected to reopen Wednesday or Thursday to brisk business.

Flooding, Destruction 

At this time a more accurate estimate for the damage is unavailable, as the storm is an ongoing event. Considering the storm made landfall as a Category 4 not 3, and the damage is extensive, as the videos below from CNN reveal.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reminded residents to follow all local weather warnings and says that the Trump Administration has been accommodating throughout the events of the last week.

I’ve talked to President Trump several times, as well as his Cabinet members and his officials, and especially the head of FEMA,” said Abbott. “And we’ve made multiple requests, and we’re getting absolutely everything we need.”

When asked in the CNN interview whether or not FEMA was prepared to stay in Texas for “months on end,” Long replied saying, “We’re setting up and gearing up for the next couple years.”

Damage from Hurricane Harvey goes beyond what was caused by high winds. Much of the damage has been caused by flooding, with people escaping their homes through second story windows and even through holes in the roof – as you saw in the video above.

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Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA. Image credit, Congressional Fire Services Institute.

The state has seen more rain in a few days than they normally see in a year, with The Weather Channel estimating 50 inches of rainfall before the rain finally subsides.

I’m asking for all citizens to get involved here,” Long said. “Donate your money, figure out how you can get involved as we help Texas find a new normal going forward after this devastating disaster.”

FEMA also put up a page today that provides safety tips and emergency numbers for Texans.

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Tragic Events Outline Opportunity for Manufactured Housing

There are an estimated 30,000 people in need of shelter after losing their homes to the storm, per ABC News.

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Manufactured housing Units – designed for FEMA, called MHUs – will be an expected part of the FEMA response. Given the extraordinary damage expected, will FEMA reach out to retailers, as they did during Louisiana flooding? Photo credit, WAFB.

Though the circumstances are tragic, it’s an opportunity for the manufactured housing industry to once more step up to the plate, and provide assistance to those in need.

 

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Damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Notice that manufactured homes in the background seem to be stable, while these RVs have tipped over. Image credit, Washington Times.

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the U.S. in a decade, per The Queensland Times. The destruction it has caused has been significant, and the flooding won’t stop until well after the rain does.

Whether the recovery for the state takes months, or years, it is a long road ahead for the cities in Texas affected by the storm.

The Austin-American Statesman reports that Gov. Abbott gave the Trump administration an “A-plus” for its response to Hurricane Harvey, saying “all across the board, from the White House to the federal administration to FEMA, they’ve been very helpful.”  The president is expected to make a visit today to the flood ravaged state.

This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet,” Long said. ## (News, analysis.)

Related: What Will Cost Be For Hurricane Harvey’s Recovery?

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As Deadline Looms, FEMA Wants Money

March 13th, 2017 Comments off
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In Calaveras County, California, the Butte Fire had a significant impact on the area, putting a number of area residents into temporary Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) housing.

Eighteen months later, some residents are still in their FEMA homes, looking for permanent housing. And now, FEMA says they are out of time.

According to the Calaveras Enterprise, the families will have to make the decision on whether or not they want to continue to stay in the homes or pack up and move, as the 18-month housing assistance deadline is coming up later this month.

The initial deadline, March 22, was extended via a state request to Sept. 22 for homeowners who have struggled to find permanent housing. However, during that period, homeowners are required to pay rent based at fair market value for each unit,” said Kelly Hudson, a FEMA spokeswoman for the region.

For resident Camille Green, the news is particularly difficult given her circumstances due to the fire.

Total wipeout, completely wiped out,” said Green. “Everything, completely everything. I didn’t even get my birth certificate out. Just grabbed anything with a heartbeat.

And that makes the news from FEMA hard to swallow. Green relies on social security and has limited room for things like moving in her budget.

It’s almost two years later and I’m still in a FEMA village,” said Green. “They are basically saying pay or get out.

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The location of the Butte Fire. Credit: Wikipedia.

Resident Barbara Zelmer lives near Green and faces a similar situation, including healthcare and rebuilding costs for her lost home.

If I pay rent here, it’s going to put me on a deficit,” said Zelmer. “It’s going to put me in debt. If I have to pay rent here, I won’t be able to rebuild.

If I use the money I have and put it toward rebuilding (the money I received from the government) or if I use that toward rent, I’ll be rendered homeless either way if I don’t do something,” said Zelmer.

Green says that, as an owner, the idea of paying rent does not make sense.

I have to pay those land taxes no matter what I’m at,” said Green. “I don’t have the funds to pay for my land out there and stay somewhere else.

Green is considering getting a simple home and putting it on her land.

I’m stuck between a rock and a harder place. I can get along. I can haul water there, but I’m getting older and I’m not in good health, so at this point, I cannot get out there and take care of myself properly.

Zelmer agrees, and says that living in a FEMA unit isn’t high on her list of things to do.

To pay $800-or-something a month when I own my land?” asked Zelmer.

I shouldn’t have to pay rent; I’m an owner. I just need help getting home.

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A home damaged during the Butte Fire. Credit: Calaveras Enterprise.

Even with the challenges, both Green and Zelmer are hopeful that they will be out of the FEMA homes and back onto their land, with newly built homes, well before the FEMA deadline.

We want to go home. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to have this place, but as you can see, it’s not very homey, and I did that on purpose; it’s temporary housing,” said Green.

The land still calls me and I will go home, and I will have a good life there. But as I look out across the valleys, my property is forever changed, no way to get around that.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Official Photo.

For more on the challenges that FEMA faces in delivering services, including the case of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) demanding answers after discovering a slew of problems with FEMA’s use of post-disaster temporary housing in Louisiana, click here. ##

 

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The Costly Crawl of Bureaucracy: FEMA at its Finest?

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

FEMA manufactured home leaves distribution center on Sherwood Ave. in Baton Rouge.

Although an article in The Advocate from Oct. 16, 2016 states Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured housing units (MHUs) targeted to survivors of flooding in August in Louisiana cost around $100,000 to build, transport and install, a current article in the same publication states FEMA is paying $129,200 for each home on the survivor’s property. The cost to install an MHU in an existing community is $149,000, and as much as $179,000 if sited in an FEMA designated group area.

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It’s idiotic. It’s the fleecing of America, example No.10,000,” U. S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Baton Rouge Republican, tells MHProNews. “You’re spending more money, and it’s taking longer. You’re saying, ‘We may be slow, but at least we’re more expensive.'”

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Four months after the floods that killed 13 and displaced 100,000, families that have been approved may have to wait another 90 days for the homes that range from one to three bedrooms, and are up to 980 sq. ft.

FEMA estimates it is paying $62,500 for each unit, $23,000 for installation, $15,400 for maintenance and then adds $23,000 as administrative overhead cost, according to what the agency told Rep. Graves.

FEMA’s federal coordinating officer, Tito Hernandez, when asked about the excessive cost compared to market rates, said, “The FEMA unit is strong, it’s a higher quality, it’s more solid than many being sold commercially.

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Local Dealers Strongly Dispute that Assertion

Troy Davis, a Hammond, LA manufactured home dealer with over 30 years in the industry, stated he could sell that particular model for $38,500 including delivery and installation and still make a profit as a retailer, less than a third of the FEMA price. Noting he was approached by middle men who asked him to sell for too low a price, said, “They’re not paying no more than $32,000 for the units, and then they’re getting marked up by the middle men.”

He thought the true wholesale cost of the FEMA MHU’s to be around $20,000, if FEMA made a bulk buy. Others MHProNews spoke with thought that figure was too low, and would in fact cost more than 20k.

Agreeing with Davis is Factory Expo Home Centers General Manager Robert Chambers. When told FEMA was spending $129,000, he responded, “I can sell you a very big home for that.” He estimated transport should cost around $6 a mile and installation $2,000. 

With 2,616 people placed in FEMA homes, there is a waiting list of 2,700 who Hernandez said should be in their homes by the end of January.

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Local Official, Angered by the FEMA Crawl, Purchases MH for Employees

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While Rep. Graves and other local and state officials have consistently complained about the slow pace of the homes coming in, Sheriff Jason Ard of Livingston Parish, fearing he would lose deputies whose homes were destroyed in the flooding, and were still living in tents, used departmental money to acquire 25 manufactured homes of 1,200 sq. ft. each for $35,000 apiece. While it took only 28 days to complete the deal, the cost to Ard came to $100,000 per home because he had to purchase land to site the homes after FEMA rejected a less expensive alternative because it was in a flood plane. However, he still saved $50,000 to $75,000 each, based on FEMA’s projected cost for group sites.

While Hernandez insists FEMA’s priority is to provide safe homesites as quickly as possible, he says, “I’m not thinking about the price.”

The state may have other thoughts: Louisiana has to pick up ten percent of the tab. ##

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DBN Publisher Calls on Respect and Understanding for Manufactured Housing and Manufactured Home Owners

October 18th, 2016 Comments off

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Millions struggle with costly housing. Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox News are among media that recently asked why aren’t more Americans turning to manufactured homes,” said Kovach.

We’re told that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling for manufactured home retailers within 1,000 miles of Louisiana flooding, plus Florida and the Carolinas, to advise the agency if they’re willing to sell homes for emergency use,” Kovach stated to the Lakeland Ledger. “Manufactured homes are the only federally preemptive, performance-based construction code. 

See the new story on Kovach’s call for respect and understanding for manufactured housing and our industry’s home owners – complete with photos, a home owner video interview and tour, linked here. ##

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Private Enterprise Responds to Assisting Louisiana Flood Victims

August 19th, 2016 Comments off

LA_modular_HSTL_Modular_digital_journal__credit_8_2016 postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsA new and used modular building supplier has low-cost private mobile shelter buildings ready for immediate delivery to Baton Rouge to help start the recovery process for those who have been displaced by the overwhelming flooding.

Many of HSTL Modular buildings have been used as schools and administrative facilities and are air conditioned and have bathrooms, according to digitaljournal. They are suitable as community disaster recovery centers, classrooms, health clinics and short-term shelters, and the smaller units can be delivered, installed and move-in ready in a day or two. The larger buildings may require up to a week to assemble.

The largest single building immediately available is 8,400 sq ft comprised of ten sections each 12 ft X 70 ft when assembled, creating over 20 connected spaces of varying sizes. This building was built in 2006 by Design Space of Georgia for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to use as a school for children who moved north from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The three sections of the complex are the staff section, the meeting center and the administrative center, replete with ADA bathrooms for men and women, conference rooms, an IT room, multiple offices and meeting rooms.

MHProNews‘ most recent story on the flooding posted Aug. 17, 2016 reports FEMA is considering bringing in manufactured homes for persons displaced from their own housing by the flooding. ##

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FEMA’s Manufactured Home Units Likely Heading to Louisiana

August 17th, 2016 Comments off

FEMA_temporary_housing_unit_txlihis_dot_files postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin determining how it may address the thousands of people who have been flooded out of their homes, according to theadvocate. With 20 parishes having been included in the federal disaster declaration, 40,000 homes have been damaged in the rising tide of floodwaters that have overwhelmed Baton Rouge and parts of southern Louisiana.

Some will live with family or friends, some in rentals, and those with minor home damage will have their homes repaired and move back in.

The other option may be manufactured housing units (MHUs), much unlike the formaldehyde-laced trailers FEMA used so disastrously following Hurricane Katrina, as MHProNews knows.

This is not the FEMA travel trailers,” FEMA head Craig Fugate said on Tuesday. “If we need to bring in any kind of temporary housing units, they are better than they’ve ever been. These are HUD-approved, they all meet HUD standards and in many cases exceed them,” he said.

Some 8,000 people stayed in shelters Monday night, and 40,000 have applied for federal disaster assistance. Gov. John Bel Edwards said it’s too early to know exactly what temporary housing may look like as the flood waters continue to hamper relief efforts and make it difficult to determine the exact need for housing.

FEMA will be sending teams into shelters and communities to document the needs of the flood victims so that plans can be implemented. ##

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FEMA Grants California Control over Distribution of Emergency Manufactured Homes

August 10th, 2016 Comments off

Calif._Erskine_Fire_rubble_usatoday_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsUpdating a story MHProNews last posted Aug. 1, 2016 regarding the use of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) manufactured homes for people whose homes were destroyed in the Erskine Fire in California, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pursue a county-state partnership for recovery from the disaster.

An important portion of the partnership involves the 71 manufactured homes FEMA had stored near Sacramento in anticipation of floods that may occur after the wildfires that periodically ravage the state, according to bakersfieldnow.

The MHUs (manufactured housing units) had previously been scheduled to be returned eastward, but the partnership with the state resulted in Cal OIS (California Office of Information Security) requesting FEMA to designate the homes as “surplus,” which allows the state to hold the MH and distribute the units as needed.

Kern County Fire Department Chief Brian Marshall said, “This is an exciting project that will help our residents in the Kern River Valley that were devastated by the Erskine Fire get back to some sort of normalcy,” Marshall said. “Even though the Erskine Fire was out within two weeks, the long-term recovery is going to be years.”

Since the county did not get a federal declaration of disaster, which would have allowed the use of the FEMA housing units, the state contacted FEMA directly and asked that the homes be declared surplus, which allows the partnership to use them as needed. The plan to distribute the MHUs is currently in process.

Other resources include free debris removal and low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA), in addition to a number of nonprofits and volunteer groups assisting in the rebuild of the Kern River Valley. ##

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FEMA Providing Manufactured Homes for CA Wildfire Victims

August 1st, 2016 Comments off

Calif._Erskine_Fire_rubble_usatoday_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHNProNewsWith some 285 homes torched in the Erskine Fire in the Kern River Valley, in Calif., near Bakersfield, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set to bring in 71 manufactured housing units (MHUs) to be used by survivors of the wildfire that has burned over 52 square miles.

The homes have been stored in Sacramento since last year, brought out in case of flooding in burned areas then, but they were not used and were scheduled to be returned east, as bakersfieldnow tells MHProNews.

California OES (Office of Emergency Services) Chief Deputy Director Nancy Ward, saying it may be a few weeks before the homes arrive, said, “Our priority will be victims with no insurance, or not able to repay (Small Business Administration) loans.”

The homes are a mix of one, two and three-bedrooms, and will provide interim housing for those who qualify. They may become permanent for some victims, but the burned remains have to be cleared away first so the MH homes can be sited and hooked up to utilities.

As MHProNews last reported here July 29, 2916, FEMA has also been busy providing homes for the flood stricken area of West Virginia. ##

(Photo credit:usatoday–Erskine Fire rubble in California)

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