Survivors with FEMA housing worry about next steps

Some Camp Fire survivors are still living in FEMA trailers and are looking for permanent housing solutions before the deadline this year.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 7:15 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 7:34 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Some Camp Fire survivors are still living in FEMA trailers and are looking for permanent housing solutions before the deadline this year.

Action News Now spoke with survivors who are looking for a permanent solution.

Theresa Baker-Beale and her family have been living at the Hegan Lane FEMA trailer site for more than 15 months - and time's running out.

FEMA housing assistance ends on May 12th, that means they will have to move.

Baker-Beale said FEMA isn't helping with the transition.

FEMA assigns a worker to every unit on the property. Baker-Beale tells me she's already on helper number two.

Now, with no stable home in her sight, she worries how she's gonna keep a roof over her family.

"They bring us lots of phone numbers but since there is no housing to be found I'm on every single waitlist for all the low-income apartments. I'm on the Section 8 waiting list, there's just no housing," she said.

FEMA Representative Michael Foster said, "We don't just want to kick everyone out but we do have a deadline because we do have a responsibility to taxpayers, a responsibility to the programs itself, but all along the way we help people through the disaster the best ways that we can."

FEMA says every 30 survivors must show continued needed assistance, recertify their eligibility and show they're making progress towards a permanent housing solution.

FEMA also says survivors are provided transition assistance prior to their deadline.

Officials with FEMA say the state has the authority to continue renewing the needs of housing in the community and have the ability to request an extension to the program.

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