FEMA temporary housing hits 50% of original residents - KOAM TV 7

FEMA temporary housing hits 50% of original residents


The Federal Emergency Management Agency says substantial progress has recently been made to find more permanent housing for tornado survivors.

You may have noticed fewer FEMA temporary housing units in and around Joplin.  FEMA's more visible housing park on Airport Drive Road is getting more and more sparse.

FEMA says at the peak of assistance after last year's tornado, there were 586 people in temporary FEMA housing units.

There are now 241 people in those units.

Of those that have moved out 18 are new homeowners.

"We don't control, or tell somebody where they can move, so some people may have chosen to move in with relatives or friends, but generally speaking, when they're in a temporary housing unit, we try to hook them up with something that's more long term, or permanent," says Barb Sturner of FEMA.


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