FEMA'S Manufactured Housing Program Winding Down For Valley Fire Survivors
Lake County, Calif. (January 27, 2017) - Lake County Supervisors Rob Brown and Moke Simon, both of whom have been very active in local disaster recovery efforts, were recently briefed by CalOES officials regarding the 35 FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU's) currently in use by Valley Fire survivors. As the public was made aware at the time the MHU's were deployed, FEMA's initial program for the MHU's was set to end March 22, 2017, or 18 months from the date of the Presidentially-declared disaster.
For Valley Fire owners (i.e., persons or families who owned a home lost in the disaster), of which there are currently 28 living in MHU's, CalOES was able to secure an extension through September 22, 2017. During this time of extension, continued compliance with all FEMA requirements, including the payment of rent, is necessary.
However, no FEMA extension is possible for renters and March 22, 2017 is the date by which persons or families who lived in rented housing lost in the disaster must vacate MHU's. 7 survivor households meet this criteria and have received ongoing notices from FEMA of this deadline since MHU occupancy began. Renters will need to vacate or be subject to rent, penalty fees, and ultimately, eviction. In anticipation of the March 22, 2017 deadline, County staff has reached out by telephone to each of the 7 renter households. Fortunately, most are reporting that they have made other housing arrangements. Supervisor Brown intends to work on solutions for those who have been unable to make other housing arrangements and for the few that have been unreachable by telephone thus far, he asks that they call him directly at 707.349.2628.
Supervisor Brown also encourages all Valley Fire survivors to attend the upcoming community meeting on CalHOME, to be hosted by Senator McGuire on February 16, 2017, at Middletown High School Gym at 6:30 p.m. The long-awaited CalHome program will provide loans to low income homeowners to rebuild homes lost in the Valley and Clayton fires, as well as to renters impacted by these disasters who may become first time home buyers.