Recovery Through FEMA Direct Housing
In the seven months following Hurricane Florence, more than 650 displaced families have been housed through FEMA’s Direct Housing program. Eligible households have been provided with travel trailers or manufactured housing units on their private property or in mobile home parks. As of April 1, more than 60 households have successfully moved on to more permanent housing by getting home repairs done or finding a rental property.
FEMA Housing is Temporary
• The focus now shifts to working with survivors on their long-term housing plans.
• FEMA case advisors have regular meetings with Direct Housing occupants. They meet at their damaged home or temporary housing unit.
• Residents are required to show they are working on getting permanent housing: o Renters – Show an application or lease for an apartment or house. Document their search for housing. Renters may also work on purchasing a home.
o Homeowners – Owners should be in regular contact with contractors working on their home repairs. Owners may also work on purchasing a new home or finding a rental unit.
Applicants sign a revocable license agreeing to follow these rules:
• Move out when other housing becomes available.
• Comply with mobile home park rules.
• Do not alter or damage the FEMA housing unit.
• Actively work on home repairs or finding a rental property.
• Show FEMA proof you have been actively working on a housing plan.
• Do not engage in criminal activity.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters