Hurricane Harvey

More Than 15,000 Texas Families Still In Temporary Housing After Harvey

FEMA is mobilizing trailers for more households

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FEMA has deployed more than 800 trailers for Texans displaced by Harvey

More than 15,500 Texas families or individuals are still in temporary housing at more than 1,200 hotels.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended their stay to January 16th and it could be extended again.

FEMA has been following up and is notifying people about their continued eligibility this week.

“It’s based on their application,” the agency’s Bob Howard said. “Whether or not they still have a need for temporary housing, if they have been able to find other, more permanent housing, if they have been able to do repairs on their house.”

In addition to hotel rooms, FEMA –in cooperation with the Texas General Land Office— is working to provide mobile homes and trailers.

More than 700 families are currently in these mobile units, another 83 trailers are ready for move-in, and 58 are in the process of being connected.

“It’s not just putting a unit out there and then people move in,” FEMA’s Ken Higginbotham said. “The unit has to be set up to see if there’s plumbing, electrical hook-up.”

So far, more than $11 billion in state and federal resources have been approved for Harvey victims.

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Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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