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FEMA Mobile Home Occupancy Continues to Decline

Mobile home units remain a temporary housing resource for eligible survivors impacted by the August 2016 floods. Survivors continue to make strides in recovery with less than 1,000 households in housing units almost two years after the disaster. At the state’s request, FEMA provided MHUs as a last resort to some survivors who were unable to find temporary housing.

Move Outs

  • More than 3,500 households—about 82 percent of those who received FEMA-provided mobile homes—have recovered and returned home or found other permanent housing.
  • FEMA has created a special section on its website to help occupants return home at fema.gov/disaster/4277 under the “Resources for FEMA Housing Occupants” section.

Current MHU Statistics   

  • As of April 17, 999 households remain in FEMA-provided mobile homes.
    • Statewide, there are 1,048 MHUs as some households have more than one unit.
  • This amount includes the parishes with the most MHU recipients:
    • Ascension Parish: 103
    • East Baton Rouge Parish: 430
    • Livingston Parish: 223

MHU Background Information

  • 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.
Last Updated: 
04/18/2018 - 15:12