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FEMA Opens Its First Manufactured Home Community In Disaster Response

April 25th, 2019 Comments off

 

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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.

 

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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, Manufactured Housing Units, Behind the Scenes Look, Hurricane Florence Backgrounder

September 12th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Hurricane Irene was a storm that hit North Carolina a few years ago that can give some insights into what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing to prepare for the expected strike Friday of Hurricane Florence. FEMA stressed yesterday that they’ve learned from every prior event.

 

Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are one of several options that federal officials can respond with when it comes to disaster relief/emergency housing needs.

FEMA and MHUs have evolved since this video linked here or shown above with Adobe flash was produced.

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If Hurricane Florence does hit the East Coast, as many weather experts fear, hopefully FEMA officials will do a better job with their terminology (the t-word is significantly overused in the first linked video, above).

 

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If, God forbid, Florence hits as a major natural disaster, manufactured home production could be shifted, as we learned last year.  

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Emergency Request For Proposals for Manufactured Homes, Deadline Tomorrow

October 3rd, 2017 1 comment

EmergencyTxGLOProposalsRequestedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Texas General Land Office (GLO) is Requesting Proposals from qualified Respondents to manufacture and supply residential Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) as temporary housing for Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey in designated areas along the Texas coast and inland,” said the agency in a release.

DJ Pendleton and the TMHA are “currently aware of at least one major staging area in Herne, Texas.  We suspect additional areas will soon be developed, and have heard one such area might be near the San Antonio area,” they said in a statement to MHProNews.com.

The services solicited herein include the manufacture and delivery of the MHUs to staging areas designated by the GLO in Rockport, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas,” the Texas GLO said.

The solicitation, see below, includes transportation, installation and maintenance of said MHUs.

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Respondents may also submit proposals under this Solicitation to transport the MHUs from the staging areas to the residents’ home sites, install them on site, and provide maintenance for the duration of occupation by the residents.”

The published deadline is 10.4.2017 at PM CT.

Agency Requisition Number:   RFP-X0013723-DF

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TMHA tells MHProNews that they may be getting additional information later today.  If so, there will be an effort made to update this report once that information is in hand.

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Louisiana FEMA MHU Deployment Update

July 12th, 2017 Comments off
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1001 households have reportedly left their FEMA MHUs – Manufactured Housing Units – and are back in what local news reports dub, “permanent housing.”

FEMA says at the height of the temporary housing program after the August 2016 flooding, more than 4,600 households were put into MHUs. Most of the households taking advantage of the MHUs were located in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston Parishes. Currently, about 3,500 households still remain in MHUs,” stated WAFB.

MHUs were provided as a temporary housing solution by FEMA at the request of the state if no other housing options were available,” says WBRZ. “Flood survivors may be eligible to stay in an MHU for up to 18 months, until February 2018, if they continue to work on their long-term housing plans.”

The Daily Business News has tracked the drama before and during the problematic and delayed deployment of the FEMA MHUs.

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Informed sources with the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association advised MHProNews at the time that they could have done the same work faster, better – and for less.

The local news video in this report has the typical mainstream media (MSM) terminology problems, which is part of the pattern of irritants for the industry and manufactured home owners.

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Per WBRZ, “…FEMA, re certification teams with Individual Assistance meet regularly with applicants in all MHUs to review the applicant’s housing plan. FEMA says 72 percent of flood survivors are on track with permanent housing plans. All applicants living in MHUs must actively seek permanent housing.”

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Modular Housing Scandal? HUD Investigating, Senator McCain Blasts, Wants Reforms

June 21st, 2017 Comments off

NavajoTribeModularHousingScandalAZRepublicDailyBusinessNewsResearchReportsMHProNewsThe AZ Republic has been reporting on a brewing scandal that could make FEMA’s embarrassment over their Louisiana placement of Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) pale by comparison.

The Navajo Housing Authority spent $12 million building 91 new homes, all but one was later demolished.

Then, “After failing to spend nearly a half-billion dollars in federal housing funds over a decade, a Navajo Nation agency has been pouring money into a project to produce small, modular dwellings at a cost of nearly $300,000 each — and possibly much more, according to tribal documents,” per the Republic’s Dennis Wagner and Craig Harris.

Their Navajo programs were already behind schedule. They had over $400 million in federal housing funds to spend that had gone unused.

Pressure from tribal President Russell Begaye and members of Congress has festered over the business practices at the Navajo Housing Authority.  Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said the tribal group “remains a broken public housing agency that is grossly misusing taxpayer funds.”

Tribal records reportedly show that a company named LAM/Rockford Construction, LLC was contracted in 2014 to build tribal housing.

With studies and work moving slowly, what was begun as 260 planned homes was reduced to 170, and the average cost per home soared.

When asked about the controversies, in a written statement LAM/Rockford said 170 homes are completed and 90 more will be built.

We look forward to completing this important project with NHA in support of their mission to bring sustainable and cost-efficient homes to their nation,” their statement reportedly concluded.

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Loren Miller stated in an agency news release that the modular dwellings are high quality. “These homes aren’t the standard home trailers [sic] you see out there,” Miller said. “These houses are not going anywhere.”

Nor are the costs for modular housing by any means, ‘standard.’

If only 170 dwellings are completed, as the NHA announced last year, the price per house would be $447,000 based on $76 million in contracts,” Wagner and Harris said. “The houses are small, prefabricated structures ranging from two-bedroom units of 1,000 square feet to slightly larger three-bedroom dwellings. They were built by a subcontractor in Albuquerque and trucked to the reservation.”

Because it is being built on tribal land, the costs were for the homes, labor and infrastructure.

Commenting in a post on the reports, Bob Sundhal said, “It is the same thing in Phoenix. The City [of Phoenix] is building apartment buildings for low income housing that cost $350K per apartment. Meanwhile, luxury apartments are being built (using private funds) for less than $300K.”

Richard Prince, Jr. posted, “Sounds a lot like the demolition corruption probe in Detroit.”

While this text graphic refers to the homes as ‘manufactured,’ the balance of the AZ Republic report states they were in fact modular construction.

Given the huge sums the federal government allocates for housing projects, this is just another example of how public housing can often misuse funds, compared to private sector projects. The Daily Business News will monitor this and other similar stories. ##

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U.S. Senator touts Lexington Homes, awarded $6.76 million contract from FEMA for manufactured homes

September 26th, 2016 Comments off

lexingtonhomessenatorthadcochran_manufacturedhousingindustrynews-mhpronewsIn the effort to provide shelter for the many displaced after the devastating August flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi-based Lexington Homes is about to step into the limelight, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Lexington Homes, a HUD Code manufactured home builder, was awarded a $6.76 million fixed-price contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will be used to construct and deliver 155 manufactured homes.

The agreement includes four option years.

Flood victims whose pre-disaster home is either inaccessible or uninhabitable may apply for temporary housing assistance through the FEMA Individuals and Households Program. FEMA provides one, two and three-bedroom units through this program, as was reported in the story linked here on MHLivingNews.

Lexington Homes was one of seven builders in the running for this delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

The temporary housing assistance offered by FEMA can help disaster victims rebuild their lives,” U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said in a statement. I am pleased that a Mississippi manufacturer has been awarded a contract to supply this housing.”

Cochran is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on the subcommittee with funding jurisdiction over FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Cochran was supported during his re-election bid by Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MSMHA) Executive Director, Jennifer Hall, as the photo below reflects.

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Perhaps the most surprising part of the recovery process was the hesitancy to embrace manufactured homes as an option sooner. It was just a few days ago in R.C. Williams’ “one month later” report, that FEMA insisted that manufactured homes were a last resort for flood victims.

Instead, FEMA instructed families to find hotels. But according to local station WBRZ, no rooms were available after calls were made to 10 different hotels.

Manufactured homes are a proven option for displaced residents. They will also be selected by some who may opt to buy a home rather than rebuild a badly flood-damaged house.

We’re slowly turning from response to recovery. This is going to be a long time effort,” a FEMA spokesman said. “The thing with the manufactured house units, is that we have to work with the state and local officials that we put it in a safe place.”

Lexington Homes, Inc. was founded in August 2004 in Lexington, MS. The company provides affordable housing to Mississippi residents, as well as those living in the surrounding states, through a network of independent retailers.  ##

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FEMA setting up manufactured homes in Louisiana near airport, says WBRZ2

September 8th, 2016 Comments off

femamanufacturedhomecommunitybeingsetup-posteddailybusinessnews-mhpronewsIn an update to our reports on the massive flooding in Louisiana and FEMAs response with manufactured housing units (MHUs), WBRZ2 out of Baton Rouge reports on new communities being set up, one in this photo, off Blount Road near the airport.

Their report indicates that “dozens” of locations in the area are sprouting manufactured home communities, which they refer to as “mobile home parks” (sic).

A worker at the community being established was quoted, saying: “After the first two or three trailers (sic) started coming… it became a little more quicker.”

The property has been vacant for years.

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The location was also used post-Katrina for FEMA travel trailers.

FEMA reports there are some 63,000 applications for housing solutions. There are also other options that federal and state officials are providing, including ones that allow residents to shelter in place and repair their damaged houses as they live in them.  ##

(Editor’s note – the report is laced with incorrect terminology, which articles and videos like the one linked here can be used to inform the uninformed. Please review and share links like these on MHLivingNews.com often. Note 2, “Sic” defined by Google as – (sic) used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original,)

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