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FEMA Opens Its First Manufactured Home Community In Disaster Response

April 25th, 2019 Comments off



The state’s most destructive wildfire broke out just before dawn Nov. 8, burning nearly 14,000 homes in the communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow, and killing 85 people,” said KQED News. The blaze’s destruction worsened an already difficult housing crisis in and around the nearby city of Chico: Butte County had some 2,000 homeless, NPR reported, and many survivors were left scrambling for housing, with some crashing in Chico and others staying in tents or RVs on their scorched properties.”


FEMA said Thursday it’s preparing to open the first of four of what KQED misnamed “mobile home parks” devoted to Camp Fire survivors in the next few weeks.  The agency plans for around 700 FEMA manufactured housing units (MHU) eventually.

FEMA stated last week that nearly 1,000 people need temporary housing in RVs and manufactured homes.




The first FEMA MHU community, Rosewood Estates in Oroville, CA the units has 40 homes with one-, two- and three-bedroom units.  They are furnished, but aren’t fancy.  Those assigned to the units can live there for up to 18 months.

Building the sites for manufactured homes involved several state and local agencies.  That meant permissions, inspections, and permits, said FEMA spokesman Michael Peacock.  Peacock was responding to criticism about how long it has taken the agency to bring in temporary housing for fire survivors.

We are working as fast as we possibly can to provide shelter to those survivors,” he said.  In fairness to FEMA, if local hassles slowed them down, that needs to be considered, doesn’t it?

FEMA offers various types of housing aid, like RV trailers and rental assistance. Currently, FEMA is providing more than 7,400 people impacted by the Camp Fire with rental aid and offering temporary housing to some 260 families, according to the agency’s data.

The PBS/NPR affiliate said that At this rate, it may take as long to get the FEMA trailer parks up and running as the year and a half time frame the agency says people will be temporarily housed.”  Ouch for all of the obvious reasons.



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FEMA sends manufactured homes to Cobeskill

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

fema logo_t175_b1-blackDailyGazette reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is transporting manufactured homes to Cobleskill NY as the agency’s response to the needs of dozens of households displaced by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. FEMA spokesman Chris McKniff said it’s unclear precisely how many of the manufactured homes are being brought, but expects more than 20 to be delivered by Friday for those displaced by flooding. Rental units that may be available are also being evaluated.   “We continuously look at all housing needs,” McKniff said. While travel trailer RVs could be used, manufactured housing is considered more-appropriate in the Northeast due to winter, he said.  McKniff said Cobleskill will serve as a staging area for the housing units which will then be transported again to places where they can be set up. The homes will presumably be placed in nearby land lease manufactured home communities.

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Residents moving to FEMA’s new manufactured home community

August 9th, 2011 Comments off

Photo credit WN posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.comJoplinGlobe reports that the first residents are moving into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) new Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Park. Amber Flowers and her three daughters are among the first to make the move into the emergency housing FEMA has provided. “They’ve done a really nice thing here,” Flowers said about FEMA’s work.  Other newcomers agreed. Flowers is among 36 families that moved into one of FEMA ‘mobile homes’ (more properly called, HUD Code Manufactured Homes) over the weekend. FEMA spokesman John Mills said housing for families with school-age children before school starts is a priority. The plan is to have two communities, Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Park and Hope Haven Park, both across Highway 171 from the Joplin Regional Airport. The locations will serve 346 families. Mills explained that another 140 families are being housed in FEMA homes in nearby commercially owned manufactured home land-lease communities. When complete, total FEMA housing will accommodate 634 families. No rental fees are assessed, and utilities are mostly paid by the government. Mills said that “FEMA will do everything possible to meet the needs of the community.” # #

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