(UNDATED) - FEMA is making mobile homes available to people who need alternate housing while their home is repaired from the recent flood and storm damage.
FEMA's Michael Smith says Governor Mitch Daniels requested the agency add mobile homes to the list of alternate housing options.
Hundreds of unused mobile homes are currently stored at Camp Atterbury and will be tested for unacceptable levels of formaldehyde prior to delivery. The test takes five days and homes that do not meet the state's testing standard will not be put into service.
But Smith emphasized that these homes are not like the controversial travel trailers used for temporary housing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He says these are built for long-term occupancy and conform to federal housing standards.
Michael Smith says FEMA has learned the flood victims in Bartholomew, Morgan and Vigo counties have the greatest need for the mobile homes. But storm victims in all of the approved counties are eligible.
FEMA is making the partially furnished mobile homes available rent-free for up to 18 months. Residents are responsible for only the cost of utilities.
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