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FEMA Mobile Home Occupancy Continues to Decline

October Sees about Eight Households Return Home Every Day 

At the state’s request, FEMA provided mobile homes as a last resort to some survivors who were unable to find temporary housing. Mobile homes remain a temporary housing resource, but the number of survivors who leave units and return home increases daily.

Move Outs

  • More than 2,000 households—about 45 percent who received FEMA-provided mobile homes—have recovered and returned to a repaired home or found other suitable permanent housing.
    • The first move out occurred more than a year ago on Oct. 5, 2016.
  • About eight households moved out of MHUs every day in October 2017 to return home.
  • Many units—after being cleaned and passing quality inspections—have left Louisiana to help other disaster survivors.

Looking Forward

  • Nearly 62 percent of current occupants are on track to return home before Feb. 14, 2018 when FEMA is scheduled to stop providing units.
  • More than half of mobile home occupants are making repairs to their damaged home.
    • The remaining have chosen other options like moving into a new home or replacing their damaged residence.
  • FEMA has created a special section on its website to help occupants return home at www.fema.gov/disaster/4277 under the “Resources for FEMA Housing Occupants” section.

Current MHU Statistics

  • As of Nov. 8, 2,437 households remain in FEMA-provided mobile homes.
    • About 140 households have more than one unit.
  • This amount includes:
    • Ascension Parish: 239
    • East Baton Rouge Parish: 1,110
    • Livingston Parish: 716
  • About 2,200 units are on a survivor’s property.
  • About 390 units are in a commercial mobile home park.
  • About 20 units are on sites FEMA prepared specifically for mobile homes.

Move Ins

  • At the peak in February 2017, more than 4,300 households had to call a FEMA-provided unit “home.”
  • Overall, FEMA provided mobile homes to about 4,500 households across 16 parishes.
  • FEMA customized mobile home installations for each household. Measures included outfitting units for those with access and functional needs, transporting units, connecting utilities and securing units to maximize safety.
  • Serving a population of about 12,000 survivors, FEMA hauled and installed enough units to create the equivalent of a small city.
  • The first household moved into a mobile home on Aug. 24, 2016—less than two weeks after the presidential disaster declaration.
    • The final move in occurred April 14, 2017.
    • More than 60 percent of move ins occurred before 2017.
    • At its peak from October 2016 through January 2017, about 220 units were readied and occupied each week.

For daily DR-4277-LA updates, visit our disaster webpage at www.fema.gov/disaster/4277. Follow us on Twitter @FEMARegion6 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA.

Last Updated: 
11/08/2017 - 12:18