BATON ROUGE, LA – 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.
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.
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.
Shelter at Home Program
Residents who are eligible for the program should register using one of the following methods:
- By phone: 1-800-927-0216
- Online: shelterathome.la.gov
The Shelter at Home Program evaluates each applicant’s home and, if up to $15,000 of work in that home can create a safe, secure, habitable place for the family to live while they continue their permanent home rebuilding, then that applicant may be eligible for this program. This program is not designed to fully repair the applicant’s home
To be eligible, the property must be single-family and owner-occupied and have up to $15,000 in repairs that will allow residents to quickly and safely shelter in their own home. Only properties that meet these criteria are eligible to participate in the program.
Anyone in this program must apply individually (separately from registering with FEMA or SBA or filing a flood insurance claim with NFIP). Applications should be made to the website or phone number listed above.
Shelter at Home teams will complete tasks such as:
- Taking temporary actions to weatherproof the home and prevent water intrusion; repairs could be temporary patches
- Patching (minor and quick repairs), door hardware replacement, and replacement/repair of door jambs and headers as necessary for secure entry and exit
- Securing broken windows with minor carpentry or hardware repairs
- Repairing damaged front stairs or porches to allow safe entrance and exit
- Ensuring that plumbing is connected to a sanitary sewer or approved sewerage disposal system
- Ensuring that potable water is available and operational
- Inspection and testing of electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems to ensure they are in safe working order
- Removing drywall, insulation and other water-absorbing wall coverings (excluding fire-rated walls) damaged by flooding
- Removing flood-damaged water-absorbing flooring material including carpet, carpet padding, and other materials.
- Removing debris to the street right-of-way
- Cleaning and sanitizing exposed floor and wall surfaces where flooring or wall coverings were removed
- Ensuring there is one (1) temporary working bathroom in the home, which could include cleaning or fixing a bathtub/shower, toilet and sink
- Maintaining heating and minimum air conditioning for comfort
- Repairing or replacing damaged water heaters
- Inspecting and repairing natural gas lines if necessary
- Testing and repairing or replacing/installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Providing mini-refrigerators and microwaves as necessary (The total appliance allowance will be $500 where needed.)
Additional information on the Shelter at Home Program is available by clicking here.
All resources available to impacted families in Louisiana from the recent severe flooding is available at gov.la.gov/laflood.
Last week, the State of Louisiana issued a Request for Expressed Interest for Project Managers for the Shelter at Home Program. Of the bids submitted, the state selected AECOM to administer the program under guidelines recently established by FEMA for eligible victims of the August 2016 Flood. AECOM will develop policies and procedures, provide outreach and communication services, receive and process program applications, determine applicant and dwelling eligibility, and manage the contractors performing the SAH measures.
AECOM is a fully integrated program management, engineering, construction and technical services organization with the proven local capabilities to support every stage of the disaster recovery cycle.