FEMA extends flood housing program until September

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that the temporary housing mission initiated in response to the 2011 Souris Valley flooding has been extended through Sept. 24, 2013. The temporary housing unit sales program initiated last fall will continue. At the same time, the agency is working with the Minot Housing Authority on a transfer of units housing current residents that would qualify for MHA housing programs.

“This extension will allow additional time for displaced Souris Valley residents to make informed decisions about their future,” said FEMA Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator Dan Alexander. “The cooperation of the State of North Dakota and the Minot Housing Authority has provided new options for residents that didn’t exist even a month ago.”

Currently there are approximately 290 housing units in use in Ward County. The vast majority of units have been consolidated to Virgil Workman Village on the east end of Minot. A small number of units remain on private sites, commercial parks and De Sour Valley Heights in Burlington. A total of more than 2,000 units have been occupied at one time or another.

FEMA’s direct housing program provides temporary housing in cases when no housing stock is available in the aftermath of a disaster. FEMA THUs serve as a short-term residence while households make repairs to the damaged home or seek an alternative property to purchase or rent. Recertification specialists meet with residents each month to provide assistance and document progress toward a permanent housing plan. These meetings will continue for THU occupants through the end of the housing mission.