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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed Hurricane Katrina evacuees in southern Mississippi that they won’t be able to purchase the travel trailers they are using as temporary shelter.
According to the Sun Herald, Gulfport, families have to move out 18 months after the date of the natural disaster, which hit the Gulf Coast region on Aug. 29.
“FEMA trailers are set up as temporary housing only,” said FEMA spokesman De Carlo said. “They can be occupied for a maximum of 18 months. FEMA is working with each family on an individual basis to help them plan for more permanent housing, whether that’s moving in with relatives, moving out of the area to another town or finding suitable housing in their own neighborhood. But the trailers are short term, only temporary housing.”
Once the occupants move out of the trailers, the homes are turned over to the General Services Administration, the agency that buys goods for the federal government. The GSA determines whether the government will keep the trailers for the next disaster or sell them.
“Most likely, they will be sold, but the individual or family that’s in the trailer will not be able to buy that trailer outright,” De Carlo said. “That does not mean they will not be able to buy it from GSA when it goes up for sale, but they can’t buy it outright and not move out of it.”
Each family is assigned a case worker to help them make the transition into more permanent housing.