FEMA Ends a Housing Program

The FEMA program that houses some 26-hundred Texans in hotels ends tomorrow. Rod Rice reports that the program closing will not come as a surprise to those getting assistance.

FEMA will be moving those in Transitional Sheltering Assistance, TSA, a program that pays hotels and motels directly.  FEMA's Simon Chabel says the reason no one should be surprised is that FEMA has been in contact with everyone to help determine what their next step will be.

"Whether it's a rental property, in which case we're giving them rental resources, whether it's landlords who will take them in, if they're waiting for a mobile home we're identifying with them how fast that will come to them, or if they're looking at fixing their home we're working with them to get a time label on that to make sure they have a roof over their head after Friday."

Something under half of those 26-hundred in hotels won't have to move at all they will simply have housing paid for out of a different program.

Chabel says even with out reach some people may have questions about the housing future.

"Anyone who is worried should call the help line at 1-800-621-3362, people there can work with them to identify if they're no longer eligible for TSA they may be eligible for some other assistance, and if not they can be referred to local agencies, volunteer agencies and social services agencies who are pitching in to help."

Again the phone number is 800-621-3362.

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Rod Rice

Local Anchor, Morning Edition

Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...