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Community: FEMA to Help More Harvey Evacuees with RVs

Many storm victims are still without a home nearly three-and-a-half months out from Hurricane Harvey. But there are some positive signs that housing will soon be on the way. What looks like hundreds of trailers and RVs are lined up at Chase Field, a former naval air station in Beeville, Texas.

A lot of those homes are mission ready, meaning once they get the green light, they will be distributed to households in need.

This story by Ashley Portillo originally appeared on KRISTV.com.

Jerry Canchola, a Rockport resident, hopes to get one of those manufactured homes soon. His home was destroyed during Harvey.

The trailers are stationed at Chase Field before they are handed over to Harvey victims in the area. However, some storm victims are frustrated with how long the process is taking. Now that Christmas is around the corner, that frustration has grown.

Gail White, also a Rockport resident, knows many storm victims who still need a place to live.

Victim’s future homes could be sitting at Chase Field. And not only are the RVs and trailers held there, but they also undergo a final inspection at the former air field. Any necessary repairs are also made there.

When households are approved for a manufactured home by FEMA, a work order goes into place. Then, on average, it takes about 15 days for a home to be installed. It’s not a simple process, but the GLO says its moving families into homes quicker than in previous disasters.

Although Canchola is excited to get into a new home, he understands why the long wait can be frustrating for others.

So far, 733 manufactured homes have been given to families. Work will continue through the holidays to make sure families get a home.

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