By FEMA Region VI Individual Assistance Staff
FEMA’s housing mission in La. has reached a major milestone. The last Temporary Housing Unit has been removed from the state, marking the first time since 2005 there have been no FEMA housing units in La.
On July 3, the last housing unit resident moved out of the FEMA-provided park model he was living in to move into a more permanent housing solution. This marked the closing of all housing missions from hurricanes Gustav and Ike from the 2008 hurricane season.
“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of our Region 6 employees,” said FEMA Region VI Acting Administrator Tony Robinson. “In particular, I’d like to recognize Region 6 Individual Assistance Program Specialists Crystal Brown, Charlie Cook and Jeannie Warner, as well as James Burris and everyone at the Louisiana Recovery Office who played a part in this process. Their perseverance and patience helped countless families get back on their feet after these devastating storms.”
In response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA assisted nearly 1.5 million disaster survivors with some form of housing assistance totaling more than $5.2 billion. FEMA transitioned 45,202 households to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide rental assistance under the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. FEMA also conducted the largest temporary housing operation in the history of the country providing housing units to 143,123 households throughout the Gulf Coast.
FEMA has taken important steps to improve the pace of ongoing recovery efforts and help disaster survivors’ transition into long-term housing. This has been accomplished with close collaboration with state and local governments, as well as voluntary agencies that were able to rebuild homes and assist with many issues faced by survivors.
The last remaining FEMA Temporary Housing Unit in Louisiana is removed from Terrebonne Parish. This is the first time since 2005 there have been no FEMA THUs in the state.