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FEMA Temporary Housing Update

The temporary housing mission for FEMA is to assure eligible disaster-affected residents are placed in travel trailers and manufactured housing units at identified regional locations. FEMA also works with eligible residents to provide financial housing assistance. As of May 15, 2019, nearly $85 million (nearly $80 million to Butte County) in financial assistance has been provided to over 7,950 households (over 7,250 in Butte County) through the FEMA Individual Households Program.

FEMA is continuing to work with displaced residents from the Camp Fire to assist in housing placement.  Travel Trailer (TT) and Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) locations are being utilized across the region.  Nearly 350 TT and MHU pads have been obtained in commercial campgrounds and RV Parks.  Additionally, locations and infrastructure for over 575 TTs or MHUs are in the process of being placed in Butte County.


Travel Trailer Sites Being Utilized by FEMA:

TT= Travel Trailer Pad, MHU = Manufactured Housing Unit.
"Licensed in" means that an applicant has received keys and is moving in.

*Butte County – 5 Commercial Locations - 26 TT (14 licensed in)  & 4 MHU (3 licensed in)
*Bidwell Canyon State Park Commercial - 73 TT (72 licensed in)

Glenn County – 2 Commercial Locations - 78 TT (75 licensed in)
Sacramento County – 1 Commercial Location - 7 TT (7 licensed in)
Shasta County – 4 Commercial Locations - 28 TT (27 licensed in)
Sutter County – 1 Commercial Location - 40 TT (40 licensed in)
Tehama County – 2 Commercial Locations - 65 TT (40 licensed in)
Yuba County – 2 Commercial Locations - 1 TT , 5 UFAS , & 17 MHU  (23 licensed in)

*Bidwell Canyon State Park is part of Butte County

Group Sites in Process:

510 MHU, 12 UFAS  & 61 TT Total

Chico
Hegan and Aztec - Tentative completion Mid July - view site details
Silver Dollar Fairground - Tentative completion Late May

Oroville
Rosewood -Tentative completion Mid May - view site details

Thermalito area
Orchardcrest - Cancelled - view site details

Gridley
Gridley Industrial Park - Tentative completion late July

The only process by which to obtain one of these sites is through being registered and verified with FEMA If your housing situation has changed since you originally registered and need to update information, please contact www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

For more information on FEMA Temporary Housing sites please click here.


Federal, state and local partners have collaborated to provide direct housing solutions to individuals and families most severely impacted by the 2018 California wildfires. The following questions and answers address common questions regarding MHUs and FEMA group sites.

Click here for a printable version of these FAQs.

The living situation prior to the disaster is the living situation that is expected to be post disaster within the program confines.

  • FEMA accepts one application per household.
  • A roommate or boarder can obtain temporary housing assistance separate from the household, if they can demonstrate a commercial relationship OR a formal agreement. The survivor will need one of the following documents for their case: o
    • Pre-disaster rent receipts, cancelled checks, or money orders for the damaged dwelling;
    • Pre-disaster lease, landlord’s statement, or rental agreement for the damaged dwelling;
    • or Pre-disaster major utility bills (water, electricity, or gas) in the roommate’s or boarder’s name for service at the damaged dwelling.
  • FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program can help offset the cost of a funeral, medical, dental, automobile repair and other needs that may not be covered under insurance.
  • Also, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source of disaster recovery funds, excluding insurance, by offering low-interest disaster loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

Not at this time.

  • FEMA does not own commercial parks.
  • FEMA temporary housing communities are strictly for FEMA MHUs and travel trailers.
  • These sites are designed to meet federal, state, county and local codes/ordinances and are being built to allow for a specific number of THUs.

Yes, under certain conditions.

  • The property must pass an onsite inspection and state/local environmental tests, which could include soil testing.
  • The site must also meet all state, county and local codes and ordinances, along with meeting federal requirements for electric, water, sewage, etc.
  • The property must be large enough to place the THU without impeding construction.
  • Survivors should work with FEMA case managers for solutions.
  • From the moment survivors takes occupancy of a THU, Recertification Advisers work with them to create a personal recovery plan and identify the steps needed to reach their goals (ex: rebuild, relocation, etc.).
  • FEMA Recertification Advisors also work one-on-one with survivors to link them with federal, state and local partners who can offer available resources.
  • As stated in the Stafford Act, all FEMA disaster assistance is provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. FEMA’s primary goal is to help survivors find safe, secure, and sustainable housing
  • FEMA gives preference to survivors who have no other housing resources available.
  • Survivors are required to provide needed documentation for their case, including:
    • Documents that allow FEMA to verify the applicant’s identity.
    • The applicant’s necessary expenses and serious needs which have been directly caused by the declared disaster.
    • The applicant proof of occupancy (renter/lease) or ownership (owner/deed or mortgage contract).
    • Housing damage or loss, verified by FEMA, through an onsite inspection.
    • FEMA has already identified California wildfire survivors who qualify for temporary housing.
    • Survivors whose housing situation has changed, should contact 800-621-3362 to update their case.
  • FEMA continues to provide 350 Camp Fire survivors (which equates to 171 households), from scores of destroyed homes, accommodations at hotels throughout the region under the TSA program (numbers fluctuate daily).
  • TSA is a short-term sheltering solution until other temporary or permanent housing solutions can be implemented.
  • FEMA case managers work one-on-one to assist survivors with the transition out of TSA and into other housing. If permanent housing cannot be achieved, case managers will search for other solutions, such as a THU or rental assistance.
  • Voluntary organizations active in disasters also help survivors connect with resources in their community.
  • The State of California has expressed an interest in an extension for the TSA program. The program can only be extended at the request of the state.
  • Tentatively, we are looking at the early part of May on a move-in date for the first of five temporary housing communities, barring no further delays.
  • All five temporary housing communities are planned for Butte County to keep survivors near the homes they lost.
  • To date, more than 1,406 households are eligible for a FEMA Temporary Housing Unit (THU). Of that, 229 households are already occupying a THU (numbers fluctuate daily).
  • FEMA’s housing mission for survivors of the 2018 California wildfires encompasses 1300 housing units, which will provide accommodations for about 3,000 to 4000 people.
  • The mission projection is:
    • More than 700 FEMA THUs in temporary housing communities.
    • 321 units, leased by FEMA, in commercial sites outside the burn area.
  • FEMA continues to work with commercial park owners across Butte County and contiguous counties to find available space for the placement of THUs.
  • FEMA expects applicants to accept the first offer of available alternate housing that meets their needs.

FEMA embarks on a housing mission only after every other housing option has been reviewed and exhausted. In Butte County:

  • FEMA’s primary goal is to help survivors find safe, secure, and sustainable housing.
  • There are no unoccupied, readily available sites for temporary housing communities; therefore, the sites must be constructed, which includes pouring the foundation for each unit, contracting electrical, sewer or septic and clearing any air and/or water-quality issues.
  • All construction sites have a process: FEMA completes building permit applications and follows state and local ordinances, along with adhering to federal requirements, to install MHUs.
  • FEMA, with assistance from federal partners, will construct, manage and demobilize the temporary housing communities.
  • Weather delays have caused significant challenges to remove debris at and around the burn site.
  • There have also been a few locations that could have supported temporary housing but were not supported by neighbors. Our efforts have not progressed as we planned early in the disaster recovery in part because of strong opposition to emergency temporary housing communities.

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program does not provide food assistance. Persons affected by a disaster and who need food assistance can apply for benefits through the CalFresh Program. For information, call 877-847-3663 or visit benefitscal.org. For more CalFresh information, visit the California Department of Social Services website.

You must contact FEMA for written approval prior to landscaping.

 

Painting or otherwise altering the interior or exterior appearance of your MHU is not allowed. However, you can make small adjustments that would qualify as normal wear-and-tear, such as putting small nails in the wall to hang picture frames.

 

FEMA conducts periodic monthly inspections to make sure the stove, fridge, and heating/air conditioning system work properly, the unit sits level on its blocks, pipes have no leaks, and the doors do not jam, among other things. If you have issues with an appliance or the MHU, call 800-335-8546.

 

FEMA MHUs are not equipped with a security system. If you need a security system installed, you must contact FEMA for written approval to install a security system.

 

Satellite dishes and receivers cannot be installed on your MHU. Your provider must install the dish or receiver using a separate, temporary pole. You are responsible for any additional fees associated with the installation.

 

FEMA does not pay for cable or internet services. You can start by calling your preferred provider to see if they install cable and internet in mobile homes. If they do, then they are authorized to drill holes necessary for running cable in accordance with their normal installation procedure. If your provider charges an installation fee, you are responsible for paying it. You are also responsible for all monthly and one-time only charges associated with the installation of cable and internet for the MHU.

 

While washers and dryers can be hooked-up in the MHU, you will have to purchase or provide those appliances yourself.

 

FEMA is providing power and all utilities to all group sites. Power and electricity for the Gridley site will be managed by FEMA through the GSA lease of contracted services. If you lose power, notify the Group site management office located on the property. If outside business hours, call the maintenance number provided.

If you lose cable or internet, call your service provider directly.

 

One assigned parking spot per MHU. Guest parking will also be available.

 

You can keep up to two domesticated animals (cat or dog) in your MHU. They must wear ID tags at all times and be up to date on their shots. Pets cannot be left unattended outside of the MHU and must be leashed at all times. No pens or kennels are allowed outside of the MHU. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pet, both inside and outside of your MHU.

As well, clause “Q” of the Direct Temporary Licensing Agreement addresses vicious animals

 

FEMA reserves the right to take possession of the unit if the occupant is non-compliant or in violation of the Revocable License Agreement. Violations may result in penalty fees and or termination of the agreement.

 

Any items or substances related to illegal or criminal activity are prohibited in and around your MHU. Additionally, you cannot store or use grills, fire pits, fireworks, propane tanks or other combustible substances inside or outside of your MHU.

Despite cannabis laws in the various states, cannabis is illegal under federal law. The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811). Under federal law, cannabis is treated like every other controlled substance, such as cocaine and heroin. Under the CSA, cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. Therefore, cannabis activity in and around FEMA housing is a violation of federal law and would be a basis for federal criminal and/or civil action.

 

All occupants must agree to comply with FEMA’s rules, terms, and conditions for occupying the Temporary Housing Unit (THU) before they move in by signing FEMA’s Revocable License Agreement. The Revocable License Agreement documents the applicant’s acceptance of government property for temporary housing based on FEMA’s terms and conditions included in the license. When applicants fail to comply with FEMA’s rules, terms, and conditions, FEMA may terminate their eligibility to remain in the THU.

 

An applicant must have applied for assistance from FEMA; proven occupancy of a dwelling that was destroyed or suffered major damages within and directly caused by the event; and FEMA has determined there are no other housing resources to meet the family’s needs.

 

FEMA re-evaluates an applicant’s eligibility on a periodic basis, usually monthly, and the Direct Temporary Housing Assistance eligibility for the entire period of assistance is subject to the occupant continuing to meet recertification requirements.

Applicants must actively work towards making or achieving a long-term housing plan.

• Applicants must accept long term housing options if made available.

• An applicant may need to surrender the MHU if a long-term housing option is turned down.

• Applicants must adhere to all terms and conditions of the license agreement.

 

Only those individuals named on your FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit Revocable License and Receipt for Government Property (Revocable License) Agreement can stay in your MHU with you. With FEMA’s approval, you may be able to add or remove occupants from your Revocable License Agreement within seven days of signing.

Yes, FEMA works with city, state and other federal agencies to identify appropriate sites for MHUs to beplaced to meet the needs of survivors. FEMA also works with the individual survivor to place thatindividual/family according to their identified needs. FEMA expects applicants to accept the first offer ofavailable alternate housing that meets their household’s needs.

Yes. The MHU will be removed. FEMA will leave behind any installed infrastructure that is installed during the site buildout.

FEMA housing assistance for the temporary group site may be provided for a period of up to 18 monthsbeginning on November 12, 2018, the date of the President’s Major Disaster declaration, and ending on May12, 2020 for FEMA-4407-DR-CA.

An individual must meet general conditions to be eligible to receive FEMA housing assistance:

•FEMA must be able to verify the applicant’s identity.

•The applicant’s necessary expenses and serious needs are directly caused by a declared disaster.

•The applicant proof of occupancy (renter) or ownership (owner).

•Housing damage or loss must be verified by FEMA through the onsite inspection.

 

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