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November 08, 2012

FEMA Sends Mobile Homes to House Hurricane Sandy Victims

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Manufactured housing, also known as mobile homes, will be sent into the New York-New Jersey region to give temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Thursday.

FEMA has started moving some of the several hundred mobile homes it has available for emergencies, the agency said, and may need to get more mobile homes if demand warrants it.

Over 317,000 people already registered with FEMA for financial assistance, according to The Associated Press.

FEMA said over 101,000 people were eligible for rooms in hotels or motels in New York and New Jersey. Some were staying at locations as far away as Albany, NY, according to FEMA.

The agency has also approved more than $300 million in emergency aid. And some 56,000 people qualified for the agency’s individual and households program that helps pay for rent or repairs to housing, The AP added.

The FEMA trailers used after hurricanes Katrina and Rita were found to have unhealthy levels of formaldehyde in tests. A class-action settlement will reportedly require trailer manufacturers to pay $37.5 million to people living in those trailers.

But the mobile homes used for Sandy are not the same type as those used after Katrina and Rita, FEMA claimed.

It was also reported that there could be as many as 40,000 people left homeless from Sandy in New York City alone – though another estimate places the number at under 10,000, The AP said. In addition, some 4,000 or more people were still in New Jersey shelters this week after losing their homes from Sandy.

In other recent FEMA news, the agency is increasing the amount of rental assistance that it provides eligible disaster victims in New York and New Jersey. The rental amount is being increased by an additional 25 percent, the agency said in a statement.

After the hurricane, over eight million people were without power, TechZone360 reported.

Eqecat estimated Sandy led to $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses.

Edited by Braden Becker
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