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Foul Odor Reported From FEMA Trailers Holding Post-Maria Dead

Residents and visitors to one San Juan neighborhood recently noticed an alarming new smell coming from a parking lot near Puerto Rico’s forensic sciences department, raising concerns that it could be the bodies of those who perished in the tumultuous …

Despite Temporary Housing Shortage, FEMA’s $150K Disaster Trailers Often Sold

The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece – not counting utilities, maintenance or labor – on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign …

FEMA Can’t Rely on Trailers for Hurricane Victim Housing

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it’s …

Last FEMA Trailers in Minot on Their Way Out

The last handful of Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes brought to Minot following historic Souris River flooding two years ago are on their way out of the city. FEMA made more than 2,000 of the homes available to residents …

FEMA Trailers in Joplin Slowly Emptying

The nearly 600 federal trailers that housed Joplin residents since the May 2011 tornado are slowly emptying, with only about 80 of the trailers still occupied. Those who remain in the trailers will soon have to start paying rent in …

Louisiana Man Arrested for Stealing Copper From FEMA Trailers

A Melville, La., man has been arrested on charges related to more than 200 FEMA trailers being stripped of copper wiring. St. Landry Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lt. Megan Vizena tells The Advertiser Walter Clyde Ryder was booked into the St. …

Tiny Gulf Coast Town Struggling With Ike Recovery

Every spring, Karen Littlejohn boxes up her family’s winter clothes in their FEMA trailer, shuttles them to a tiny, dank room at church, places them beside the other contents of her life, and thinks, “Next winter we’ll have a house. …