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FEMA officials make progress reducing the number of people living in trailers

WJHG: FEMA officials say they’re making progress on reducing the number of people living in the trailers.

“In total we had over 700 in the program. It’s been steady declining people have been finding housing solutions,” said FEMA Media Relations Specialist Mayshaunt Gary.

Officials say as of Thursday, 221 families are still living in FEMA trailers in Bay County. They say more than 650 families across the panhandle found permanent homes since the program started.

FEMA officials also say they’ve waived rent fees for the past couple of months.

“No family is paying rent at all to help further assist during this time period,” said Gary.

Officials say the program is set to end October 11, so they’re working to make sure current renters find a permanent place to live before then.

“The program is meant to find long-term housing solutions as we meet with them on a monthly basis, to make sure the eligibility,” said Gary. “We’re constantly working with them even through COVID on long-term housing solutions.”

Officials say even though the program will end, they’ll be working with city officials and the renters’ case management team to help them find apartments, purchase a FEMA trailer, repair their homes, or find other housing options. To date, 51 households have purchased their units.

According to a statement by FEMA Officials:

As of June 18, number of individuals and families currently living in FEMA-provided units (e.g. manufactured housing, including recreational vehicles (RVs) and mobile homes):

Bay County: 221

Calhoun County: 11

Gadsden County: 2

Gulf County: 10

Jackson County: 13

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