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How to register for Hurricane Ida temporary housing

Travel trailers and other housing options are now available to hardest-hit Ida victims
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 2:58 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 3:50 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state will be opening the Hurricane Ida Sheltering program to provide temporary housing for those heavily impacted by the storm.

Those whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Ida or are deemed uninhabitable can register for the program through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Residents can begin registration for the program by visiting www.Idashelteringla.com or call (844) 268-0301.

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The governor’s office says thousands of southeast Louisiana victims could begin receiving FEMA trailers by the end of the week.

Officials say a purchase order was made Sunday, Oct. 3. FEMA is covering 90% of the costs.

Over a month after Hurricane Ida destroyed his Lafitte home and temporary sheltering is getting old, evacuee Leonce Creppel says things are getting ridiculous.

“We need people to step in and help us,” he said. Creppel awaits word on the arrival of FEMA travel trailers which the state says could begin within the week.

“In about 7 to 10 days we should see some of those units move in,” said Archie Chaisson, parish president of hard-hit Lafourche Parish.

Chaisson believes 2,800 people are in need of trailers in his parish, with hundreds more needed across southeast Louisiana.

“We don’t have a lot of hotel rooms available, recovery workers are staying at hotels and apartments are hard to come by,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng.

The trailers would be especially useful since so many sheltering options are up to three hours away.

“It’s great that they open the transitional housing program, but a lot of people are having to go to Baton Rouge, Lafayette, or New Orleans,” said Chaisson.

Shelter residents say housing options that might take them several hours away from their homes would not be very helpful when it comes to rebuilding.

“I need a rebuild. I need a FEMA trailer. I want to rebuild,” said Creppel.

Parish leaders say they are now working up plans to make sure the trailers are safe with adequate sewer water and electrical service.

“They’re going to have to be locked up and strapped down and the tires will be left on them should we have another tropical event,” said Chaisson.

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