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A FEMA manufactured housing unit departs a distribution site on N. Sherwood Boulevard, Thursday, December 8, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

More than 500 Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes have been shuttled from Louisiana to Texas to house victims of Hurricane Harvey, the agency announced Wednesday.

FEMA leaders have said they didn't want to rely too heavily on manufactured housing units — or MHUs — for people displaced by that storm and Hurricane Irma, but as victims of Louisiana's 2016 floods return home, the agency is sending 505 of their units to Texas. More will be shipped over as additional flood survivors in Louisiana move out of them.

"Louisiana's FEMA mobile home occupants who have successfully returned to a permanent home following the August 2016 floods should know their hard work is being paid forward," the agency wrote in a news release.

"After removing vacated mobile homes, FEMA cleans and inspects all vacated units to ensure they remain suitable for temporary disaster housing. Units that pass safety inspections may then be used to house other disaster survivors."

As of Wednesday, more than half of the 4,490 households that received an MHU have moved back into permanent housing, FEMA reported.

The Louisiana MHU program has been extended through May 15. The agency plans to begin charging rent in March, though the state has asked that they reconsider.

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