Louisiana leaders have rolled out a three-pronged plan to assist flood victims shift into the next phase of housing needs, including bringing in temporary manufactured housing units.
Here are details on each program, including information on how you can sign up, according to the Louisiana Governor's Office:
Manufactured Housing Units Program (MHUs)
What it is: HUD-approved mobile homes that will be made available for people to stay in for up to 18 months. Manufactured homes range from one- to three-bedroom units and are provided based on household size pre-disaster. They can be placed on private property or pre-existing commercial parks. As a last resort, officials may create group sites maintained by FEMA.
Who is eligible: Criteria is based on location, FEMA requirements and local zoning, among other factors. Criteria includes having property damage in excess of $17,000 or renters whose rental homes were destroyed.
How to apply: FEMA will identify people who have applied for disaster assistance and meet initial criteria for manufactured housing and whether they are interested in the program. Disaster assistance can be applied for online at disasterassistance.gov, calling (800) 621-FEMA or in person at a disaster recovery center.
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Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MFLRP)
What it is: FEMA will work to identify potential buildings that, with FEMA assistance, could be quickly repaired to go back into commerce and offered as temporary housing for FEMA applicants. Each site must have been previously used as multifamily housing and contain five or more rental units and be able to be repaired within two months. FEMA will then work to match up those who need housing with the new properties.
Who is eligible: Those eligible to move into temporary rental properties opened through the program would face varied criteria, similar to the manufactured housing.
How to apply: Property owners can contact FEMA at (225) 382-1464 or email@example.com. For those who need housing, FEMA will identify people who have applied for disaster assistance and meet initial criteria and whether they are interested in the program. Disaster assistance can be applied for online at disasterassistance.gov, calling (800) 621-FEMA or in person at a disaster recovery center.
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Shelter at Home Program
What it is: A program that gives eligible individuals or families the opportunity to stay in their homes while they rebuild.
Who is eligible: Single-family, owner-occupied properties are eligible if up to $15,000 in repairs would allow them to live in their damaged homes while more permanent repairs are made. Floodwaters cannot have exceeded 2 feet above the floor of the main living area, unless an exception is granted on a case-by-case basis. All people interested in this program must apply individually (separately from registering with FEMA or SBA or filing a flood insurance claim with NFIP)
How to apply: Homeowners can apply online at shelterathome.la.gov or by phone 1-800-927-0216. The application process is separate from the FEMA and SBA registration and must be done in addition to those applications.