BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - FEMA has granted a request from Governor John Bel Edwards to extend the amount of time 2016 flood victims still living in Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) can continue to pay $50 per month rent, according to officials.
While the extension has been approved, FEMA has also imposed incremental rent increases on the MHUs. Edwards plans to appeal this.
The governor's office reported the request was granted Monday, April 23. The new deadline is August 15. By July, MHU residents can expect to pay about half of the Fair Market Rent. After the deadline, the rent is expected to go up to about $1,000.
"While the number of people living in MHUs continues to decline, many of our citizens still need support from this program. We are pleased FEMA has extended the program until August. This will give our families more time to complete repairs as the tremendous flood recovery process moves forward. We also understand that the incremental rent increases could prove to be a hardship for many families, which is why we will continue working with those families and FEMA to find affordable long-term housing solutions," said Edwards.
FEMA says fewer than 1,000 households remain in MHUs.
It is not known if the governor will request another extension.