RVs could be options for state officials seeking to house scores of residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey, federal administrators said Tuesday.
This story by Kirsten Crow originally appeared in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Nothing has been approved, and what is approved would ultimately be in the state’s hands, officials have said – the idea being to ensure decisions are tailored to communities.
Dozens of people were killed and millions of dollars in property destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, first by hitting the Coastal Bend as a Category 4 hurricane, and later by lingering over Houston and the surrounding areas causing record flooding.
Locally, there have been few hotels accepting FEMA vouchers for displaced residents. Many Coastal Bend residents whose homes were destroyed are staying in other cities, while others have found themselves in Corpus Christi shelters or staying with family and friends.
Congressman Blake Farenthold hosted the town hall meeting Tuesday in Aransas Pass, attended by FEMA representatives. The intent was to help residents get answers on general questions involving the recovery and provide an opportunity to talk with officials about their specific cases.
Locally elected officials and chambers of commerce have been approaching hoteliers, urging them to participate in the FEMA programs, Farenthold said, adding that his discussions with FEMA indicated that modular housing is viewed as “a last resort.”