Saturday, December 8, 2007

Trailers for Sale?

The Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to dispose of temporary housing units through sales to occupants when theapplicant lacks permanent housing. This initiative will allowthose residents who have been unable to move on to purchase their own units, thus facilitating their return to self-sufficiency.When FEMA announces travel trailer sales program to occupantsin Louisiana on May 15, 2007, a lot of people wanted to takeadvantage of the opportunity to buy their trailer or mobile home.This was evidenced by the fact that FEMA sent out 49,977letters to people telling them about the program to sell the travel trailer or mobile home, and of the 21,601 responses sent back toFEMA 19,724 wanted to buy their unit. This would have giventhem at least some sort of permanent housing, so they wouldknow they will have a roof over their head, a place to live, andnot end up on the street. Then on August 24, 2007 FEMA endedthe program for the sale of the travel trailers. Most of the people never got a response back from FEMA about their interest inbuying their trailer before FEMA ended the program. This wasevidenced by the fact that FEMA only sold 4 mobile homes and3 travel trailers.

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