Longview, TX — Temporary housing units are rolling out this week to eligible Texans whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed during the recent wildfires, officials from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday.
Several dozen manufactured homes have been brought to Texas for eligible wildfire survivors and their families. The temporary units will be placed as close as possible to the location of homes that survivors are rebuilding or repairing. Eligible households are being identified based on a need for temporary housing while their primary residence is under construction.
The manufactured housing units are part of a larger state/FEMA housing program using several resources to house eligible residents displaced by wildfires on or after Aug. 30. While rental homes and apartments are preferred, the temporary housing units will provide a short-term answer for some displaced Texans.
The temporary units will be placed in areas where the demand for rental homes and apartments far outstrips the supply.
Because of the extent of the destruction in Bastrop County, FEMA said eligible survivors there are likely candidates for manufactured housing. Units also will be placed in other counties as the need is identified.
“Manufactured housing can be an excellent short-term solution for Texans driven from their homes by this disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes of FEMA. “Our goal is to ensure everyone has a safe place to live.”
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