Des Moines, Iowa -- In October, 2008, 564 Iowa families and individuals, displaced from their homes by severe storms and the floods of 2008, were staying in temporary housing units provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Today, that number is below 200.
"This is a further sign that Iowans are moving forward in their recovery process after one of the most devastating disasters in the state's history," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Parker. "FEMA's temporary housing program is designed to bring in mobile homes when rental resources are not available. As damaged homes are repaired and rental resources become available, this allows individuals and families to move out of the temporary housing units."
Iowans were living in 197 FEMA-provided temporary housing units as of August 18, 2009 - down from 288 on June 12, 2009.
Seventy-two families or individuals expressed interest in purchasing the units they are currently living in under FEMA's voluntary Sales to Occupant program. Those who were eligible were sent informational material concerning the program in early May.
Those who did not express an interest in purchasing the units may continue to live in the units as long as they are eligible up to Nov. 27, 2009 when the temporary housing program ends. Iowans living in FEMA-provided temporary housing units will be recertified each month to determine their eligibility to reside in the unit.