BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As of Tuesday, 1,347 trailers have been deployed to parishes hardest hit by Hurricane Ida, according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).
Of those deployed trailers, families are living in 820 of those units. GOHSEP officials said the state purchased 2,083 trailers as well as developed, implemented and refined a new FEMA-approved program to jumpstart the housing mission for hurricane survivors.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program in October. The program was developed by GOHSEP — which included establishing staging areas and priority zones and installing units. According to GOHSEP, families received their units within weeks of the program’s announcement.
GOHSEP officials said each day an average of 60 trailers are being deployed from staging areas and 40 trailers are becoming occupied by survivors. GOHSEP said its goal is to have all trailers in the program deployed by early December.
Occupied travel trailers in affected parishes:
- Terrebonne Parish: 284
- Lafourche and Jefferson parishes: 265
- St. John, St. Charles, St. James and Plaquemine parishes: 271
GOHSEP officials said another 736 units are undergoing inspection and are being prepared for deployment.
“Hundreds of families have benefitted from this new program well ahead of traditional FEMA housing options. There is still a lot to be done, but Governor Edwards and those of us at GOHSEP recognized the need to help bridge the shelter and housing needs. We appreciate FEMA allowing us this opportunity to take this step ahead of the ramp up for its Direct Housing program. We hope it will be an option FEMA will consider in the future to help meet the public’s needs following similar emergencies,” said GOHSEP Acting Director Casey Tingle. “FEMA’s Direct Housing program is now providing Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) to our citizens as the state operations begin to wrap up. GOHSEP will continue to support the FEMA mission while continuing to help our families and communities recover.”
For more information about the sheltering program, visit IdaShelteringLA.com.