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Nearly 2,300 Households Leave FEMA Mobile Homes, Home for Holidays - November Sees 215 Households Return Home as Occupancy Continues to Decline

At the state’s request, FEMA provided mobile homes as a last resort to some August 2016 flood 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

  • Nearly 2,300 households in FEMA-provided mobile homes—more than half of those who received them—are in repaired homes or other suitable permanent housing this holiday season.
  • More than 200 households moved out of units in November 2017—an average of about seven a day—to return home in time for the holidays.
  • More than 500 units—after being cleaned and passing quality inspections—have left Louisiana to help the temporary housing needs of Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas.

Looking Forward

  • FEMA will stop providing units at no cost beginning March 1, 2018.
    • Occupants who need more time working on permanent housing plans and meet FEMA’s eligibility criteria may pay rent to remain. Rent is based on fair market rates and each household’s situation.
  • 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.”

Current MHU Statistics

  • As of Dec. 10, 2,215 households remain in FEMA-provided mobile homes.
    • Households who have more than one unit: 116
  • Three parishes account for the majority of units:
    • Ascension: 247
    • East Baton Rouge: 1,231
    • Livingston: 736
  • 1,950 units are on a survivor’s property.
  • 356 units are in a commercial mobile home park.
  • 16 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: 
12/11/2017 - 15:24