Temporary housing deadline extended for Hurricane Harvey survivors

Posted at 3:46 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 17:50:52-05

The Federal Emergency Management Agency along with the General Land Office may be extending the temporary housing deadline for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The agencies announced Thursday that they may offer a manufactured housing unit, travel-trailer or direct-lease apartment until Aug. 25, 2019.

More than 1,500 homeowners and renters live in temporary housing units. More than 60 percent of survivors are not expected to finish repairs or find alternative housing by the original deadline of Feb. 25.

Those who remain in temporary house until the extended deadline will be asked to pay rent. Those who are unable to afford rent may petition for a reduction by contacting FEMA. The agency says they are prepared to assist those impacted by the hurricane. More than 60 percent of the survivors in temporary housing units are considered low-income families.

During the extension, the agencies say families must continue to work on ensuring a permanent housing solution. The state is working to link residents with housing resources and disaster recovery groups.

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