Temporary sheltering, housing solutions in the works for residents hardest hit by Hurricane Ida

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The logo of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seen at its headquarters August 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As Louisianans continue toward hurricane recovery, the state is working with FEMA to establish temporary housing solutions for survivors.

Solutions include a non-congregate sheltering program such as travel trailers. According to a news release from FEMA, the program would be for those in hardest-hit parishes in need of immediate sheltering assistance until the Direct Housing program is available. FEMA said a call center will be opened next week for those interested in temporary sheltering.

Direct temporary housing assistance has been approved by FEMA in the following parishes: Jefferson,
Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa and
Terrebonne.

This type of assistance may take “months to complete,” according to FEMA as assessments, utility installation and construction are needed beforehand. Meanwhile, temporary sheltering will be available.

FEMA said the Direct Housing program includes three options:

  • Temporary Housing Units such as travel trailer or manufactured home;
  • Direct LEav, which is leasing existing ready-for-occupancy housing; and
  • Multi-Family Lease and Repair, where FEMA enters into a lease agreement with the owner of multi-family rental properties (i.e., two or more units) and makes repairs in order to provide temporary housing for applicants.

Residents who have already applied for FEMA assistance are not required to reapply for Direct Housing. If an individual has not applied, they can by visiting disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362.

Residents in need of immediate housing can text LAShelter to 898211 or dial 211.

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