Edwards broadcasts FEMA-funded, state-run housing program for Hurricane Ida victims

Gov. John Bel Edwards introduced a brand new Hurricane Ida sheltering program Monday that can present momentary housing and journey trailers for Louisiana residents in storm ravaged areas.

Hurricane Ida made landfall Aug. 29, however many residents have been residing in substandard situations ever since due to bureaucratic delays related to the Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA).

Situations of people and households sleeping in tents and vehicles have circulated on social media a couple of month after Ida broken or destroyed their properties. In hard-hit Terrebonne Parish, about 10,000 residents have requested FEMA trailers which have but arrive.

Edwards stated Monday that FEMA approved the Louisiana Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program to expedite assist. This system shall be funded by the federal company and run by the state.

“There is no such thing as a doubt that there are individuals at the moment residing in unsafe or unsanitary housing due to Hurricane Ida, which isn’t acceptable,” Edwards stated. “Housing is the largest problem going through these affected by this devastating storm, and our state-run sheltering program is a protected, artistic, momentary resolution to get extra individuals nearer to their properties as they rebuild.”

The Governor’s Workplace of Homeland Safety and Emergency Preparedness (GOSEP) will administer this system. Edwards stated the primary state-owned journey trailers might arrive in designated parishes throughout the week, relying on supply logistics and entry to location websites.

“I’m grateful to FEMA’s flexibility in working with us to buy journey trailers as an interim resolution to assist survivors whereas different efforts, together with work by FEMA, are ongoing,” Edwards stated.

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The state program is designed to enhance, not substitute, FEMA housing help, which incorporates conventional FEMA trailers, cell properties and lodge stays. The Louisiana program additionally will embody lodges, in addition to leisure autos and crew barges.

Edwards stated the sheltering program is meant to scale back congregate residing with the intention to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19.

Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, has been an outspoken critic of FEMA amid his efforts to coordinate a state-level response to the post-Ida housing disaster in southeast Louisiana.

“This the primary time [FEMA] has permitted such a program, and I’m grateful it’s exhibiting some flexibility and acknowledged the shortcomings of the present applications and plans,” Magee stated on Twitter, including the primary FEMA trailers are scheduled to reach someday in November.

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