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Pryor bill would set FEMA deadline for action on trailers

Legislation introduced in Congress today would require that FEMA do something with thousands of mobile homes parked around the country unused. The trailers were purchased for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, but thousands haven't been used and are now unusable.
HOPE, Ark. (AP) - Legislation introduced in Congress today would require that FEMA do something with thousands of mobile homes parked around the country unused. The trailers were purchased for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, but thousands haven't been used and are now unusable.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is storing 19,000 manufactured homes and travel trailers at Hope in southwestern Arkansas and mobile housing at 14 other sites around the country.

Senator Pryor, who introduced the bill, said FEMA has allowed the mobile homes to sit unused at a cost of millions of dollars a year to taxpayers.

According to Pryor's office, the senator's bill would give FEMA three months to decide the number of housing units it needs on hand to shelter future disaster victims and six months to come up with a plan for permanently storing the units it wants to keep.

 

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