The Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry has responded to a recent “nationwide request” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
On Thursday, published online reports indicated FEMA has rolled out an industrywide plea for emergency housing to help families displaced by hurricane Harvey in southeastern Texas – and Alabama is answering the challenge.
More than 4,500 prefabricated housing units are required to help throughout southeastern Texas families. Representatives of FEMA note that a majority of this need will be provided by a prefabricated housing plan located in Alabama – of which, Sunshine Manufactured Homes is one.
According to Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives, approximately 22,000 families are have been displaced by hurricane Harvey. Several of which have already begun the go into the process of requesting disaster help – together with a emergency request for FEMA’s manufactured housing units. A flood of requests (no pun intended) are expected to be returned for processing within the next several days.
Alabama Prefabricated Housing, rolls to the rescue…
In Alabama, there are approximately 12 prefabricated housing plants providing valuable employment opportunities for approximately 4,000 skilled craftsman. According to FEMA, those Alabama manufactured housing plants produced more than 11,000 homes during Louisiana’s recent disaster, not including FEMA’s manufactured housing units. About 70 percent of those homes were exported to other states.
“Our industry is very strong in Alabama, and because of that we are in a position to help,” said Latham. “As one of the top four states in the country for producing manufactured housing, Alabama is uniquely prepared to meet this need.”
FEMA’s MHUs offer a flexible floor plan, generally including one, two or three bedroom floor plans, “depending on the applicant’s pre-disaster household composition.”
Additionally, many, if not all of these units are handicap accessible. Like traditional home stick built homes, today’s modern prefabricated housing is built in a factory environment devoid of costly weather delays. Bought in bulk, the same materials are put together in an assembly line process – saving money and avoiding financially costly delays.
While FEMA may also provide rental assistance, FEMA manufactured housing units can be placed on the applicant’s property and can house displaced families for years while their homes are being rebuilt.
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