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Deadline looms for those in FEMA homes

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by John Wilmer

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Time is running out for the hundreds calling FEMA trailers home. By November 27th those living in the mobile homes will have to find a new place to live, that is unless they take advantage of a special offer from FEMA.

FEMA officials say the trailers will be sold at an adjusted fair market value, established by FEMA. Prices will vary but none will cost more than $17,000.  

"We evaluate on each disaster when we have a direct housing operation when we have excessive units and if it benefits the community and the applicants then we initiate the occupancy sales program," FEMA spokesperson Lori Maach said.

The mobile homes will be sold as is, where it is, with no warranty.

"If the applicant of the temporary housing unit does not wish to purchase the unit the occupant will continue to live in the unit based on their monthly eligibility recertification process and no longer than the program end date November 27, 2009," said Maach.

As for what will happen to all of the trailers at local staging areas, like this one at the former Greyhound Park, it's still up n the air.  Other government agencies may take them otherwise they could end up on the government auction block.

FEMA will not help with the financing of the loan to purchase the trailer. They are leaving that up to the occupant and the financial institution of their choice.

 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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