Many FEMA trailers sit empty despite desperate need for housing

Many FEMA trailers sit empty despite desperate need for housing

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - FEMA trailers are now pouring into sections of the state by the hundreds, and though the need is great in Tangipahoa Parish, many sit empty as the kinks are being worked out.

Her walls are open, her house is in disarray and her son wishes Jackie Mosby was somewhere else.

"I think she needs a trailer, but that's life," said Justin Johnson.

The problem is, Jackie Mosbey rents her home to own it one day, and she hasn't qualified for a trailer.

"I didn't know how to go about it how to do it," she said.

Eighteen trailers are now being installed about 10 miles away outside of Hammond in a park that held 160 trailers after Katrina.

"The contractor's out now, no later than next week we can get these people in here," Said Tangipahoa Parish Planning Director Alyson Lapuma.

Parish officials say finding occupants for the trailers is an ongoing challenge, and they're meeting with FEMA on a daily basis.

"The electricity was turned on for these 18 [trailers]. They had some minor situations regarding quality control," said Lapuma.

Though Mosbey has gotten $4,700 in FEMA help, she said her son has been her greatest asset.

"If it wasn't for him I don't know what we would do," she said.

She said the FEMA money will help her buy sheetrock, but without her family she doesn't know if she could rebuild.

Parish officials said most residents are like the Mosbeys and will persevere and rebuild.

If you've received flood damage, they ask that you give them a call at (985) 340-9028.

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