KUSA - Fifty mobile homes are on their way to Colorado. They were ordered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help flood survivors who still can't go back home.
If needed, the units will be placed in Boulder and Weld counties by the end of December. The agency says they're only meant as a last resort.
FEMA calls them "temporary housing units." In plain English, they're what most of us would call "mobile homes.
You can imagine why FEMA wants to draw the distinction between what it uses now and what it used to use after Hurricane Katrina.
The trailers used after the 2005 disaster could be moved by a pickup truck. People were grateful for them, but they also made some people sick. High levels of formaldehyde were found in some of the trailers.
So FEMA stresses the mobile homes it uses now are better and built to HUD standards.
The government would much rather put people in existing homes. However, that may not be possible for everyone.
More than a month after the floods, there are still over 400 families are staying in hotel rooms paid for by FEMA. Some need to repair homes; others will be able to get back home when roads are fixed.
FEMA says it has no plans to build brand new mobile home parks. It plans to rent space for the mobile homes in existing parks.
Flood survivors who qualify could stay in the units as long as 18 months, though case workers will have to recertify that they qualify every one to two months.
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