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More Temp Housing Needed for Parishes Hit Hard by Ida

For the longer term, FEMA has a direct housing program but it won't be until mid-November that units start arriving and then they will only be placed after clearing a number of hurdles, such as not being in a flood zone.

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Moss Point homeowner Dave Bingham, like a number of Jackson County residents, was out cleaning up after Hurricane Ida brought tropical storm winds and flooding to the area. Bingham was cutting up tree which fell on his property.
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In Louisiana, we are attached to our communities and the huge impact of Hurricane Ida requires more innovation on the part of the government to keep people close to their homes to rebuild.

We welcome the temporary housing program undertaken by state government, with the blessing of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will provide whatever it takes, whether mobile homes or recreational vehicles, even crew barges that can keep people in their communities.

For the longer term, FEMA has a direct housing program but it won't be until mid-November that units start arriving and then they will only be placed after clearing a number of hurdles, such as not being in a flood zone.

That is an age-old post-hurricane problem, making the emergencies in people's lives fit into the requirements of federal programs with well-intentioned but — is there a better word for it? — clunky bureaucratic rules.

In Terrebonne Parish, for example, there are an estimated 10,000 homes destroyed. FEMA aid for temporary lodging is an expedient that does not meet the need, as hotel rooms have filled up around the region.

Do what it takes, maybe our state's new motto after devastating storms of 2020 and 2021.

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