FEMA Trailers

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Five months have passed since the disastrous Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Many evacuees still don't have permanent homes, but fema is pushing them out of state parks and motels. For those evacuees who can prove they are making an effort to attain permanent housing, fema is offering some assistance. Houston county commission chairman mark culver says, "As it turns out we'll be housing thirty-five families at the farm center, the trailers will start coming in next week." The federal emergency management association contacted Houston County in search of a place to house evacuees and Houston County came to the rescue. In return the county will receive compensation. Culver says, "this could generate as much as 100,000 dollars a year for the farm center and it will bring people to the community who will spend money and generate tax revenue." evacuees are being screened before they are allowed to move into the trailers, and those with extensive crime histories or sexual abuse files will not be welcome. The county hopes that this screening will allow Houston County to gain a few, new productive residents. Culver says, "If they come and stay and become homeowners they should be good citizens in our area. Culver says, “The trailers could remain at the farm center for as long as a year. Children will be enrolled into Houston County or Dothan city schools and the county is hoping that some of the evacuees make themselves permanent residents to the area.

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