Construction Begins on FEMA Site for Oregon Wildfire Victims

Homes are expected to arrive in Mill City in three to four weeks

 

 

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials are starting to build a temporary housing site for residents in Linn and Marion county who lost everything in the 2020 wildfires.

KOIN-TV reports the Mill City site will hold up to 16 temporary housing units, according to the Federal Emergency Management Association. FEMA is setting up utilities and making sure they are accessible before the mobile homes arrive.

Media relations specialist for FEMA, La-Tanga Hopes, said the homes are expected to arrive in Mill City in three to four weeks, depending on the weather.

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In Oregon, 250 families have been approved to receive FEMA Direct Temporary Housing. The agency says that number has decreased over time as many households have located alternate temporary or permanent housing on their own.

In order to qualify for the Direct Temporary Housing program, Hopes said wildfire victims must file a claim, which is then assessed. A person is eligible for temporary housing if FEMA confirms a person owned a home that suffered $17,000 or more in damages, or if FEMA confirms a renter’s home suffered major damages or was destroyed. Wildfire victims must also prove they do not have rental assistance available to them.

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Residents approved for temporary housing can remain in the units for up to 18 months, until March 2022.

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Homes are expected to arrive in Mill City in three to four weeks       PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials are starting to build a temporary housing site for residents in Linn and Marion county who lost everything in the 2020 wildfires. KOIN-TV reports the Mill City site will hold up to 16 […]

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