Ike Victims Can Stay in Mobile Homes Until Summer

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - People who lost their homes in Hurricane Ike can continue to live in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency until July.

The agency announced Thursday that it had granted Texas' request to extend the deadline from March 12 to July 9. The extension gives 896 Texas residents still living in mobile homes about four more months to
rebuild their homes wrecked by the hurricane.

FEMA, however, said in a statement that it might begin charging rent past the original March deadline. The agency says the rent would not exceed "fair market rental rates."

Judge Jim Yarbrough told The Galveston County Daily News that he was pleased with the extension but concerned that charging rent would send "mixed messages to people we are trying to help."

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