Victims of the flooding across West Virginia have been receiving aid and advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Among the tips the agency has offered is help finding and paying for temporary housing. Resources include Rental Assistance, Home Repair Grants, FEMA Housing Portal, Low-interest Disaster Loans and Manufactured Housing Units (also known as FEMA trailers).
Here is a summary of those programs. Rental Assistance is for eligible homeowners and renters who’s place to live is now uninhabitable due to the disaster. Home Repair Grants help to pay for repairs to damaged homes. It is limited to making the home safe, sanitary and habitable. The FEMA Housing Portal is a web site which can help survivors search for nearby rental units. Small Business Administration Loans, despite the name, are the primary source of recovery funds for businesses of all sizes. Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are a last resort for survivors who cannot find apartments to rent while their homes are being repaired.
FEMA has approved a direct housing mission which uses MHUs for Greenbrier and Kanawha Counties. That decision was made on July 5, 2016. The units are part of a comprehensive temporary housing plan.
FEMA has also announced another group of mitigation specialists will be on hand at local Lowe’s stores. They will be available on July 14 to 19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. They will have reference booklets in English and Spanish. The booklets offer information on protecting your home from flood damage. Below is a list of locations where the specialists will be located.
|Fayette County||Nicholas County|
|46 Fayette Town Center Rd.|
Fayetteville, WV 25840
|5200 W. Webster Rd.|
Summersville, WV 26651
|Kanawha County||Cabell County|
|1000 Nitro Marketplace|
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
|700 Mall Rd.|
Barboursville, WV 255041