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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) still has more than 9,000 requests for travel trailers in Mississippi, an agency spokesman said Tuesday (Jan. 31).
According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, the latest temporary housing statistics show 7,918 trailers are needed on private property, and 1,397 are needed at commercial-group sites.
William Lindsey, a FEMA spokesman, said the agency has little way of knowing exactly what the thousands of residents waiting for trailers are doing for housing.
“It’s hard to know for sure,” he said. “But, in the meantime, we still have the hotel program going.”
Monday was the deadline for hotel dwellers to file for an extension code that allows them to remain in hotels, on FEMA’s tab, until Feb. 13. Lindsey said about 80% of Mississippi’s hotel population filed for extended stays.
Lindsey said most of the hotel population should remain in hotels until more permanent housing can be secured, meaning most of them will not leave a temporary hotel room for a temporary trailer.