© 2024 WEKU
Lexington's Radio News Leader
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
The Commonwealth / Apple News

FEMA temporary housing program for eastern Kentucky flood victims set to end in January


The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary housing program for victims of eastern Kentucky’s disastrous floods is scheduled to end January 29.

The program’s end will come eighteen months after the floods were declared a federal disaster. 129 households in Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike counties have benefitted from the program. Of that number, 77 have since transitioned into permanent housing.

“We talk to each of the individuals in our housing every single week, just to make sure that they're on track to finding someplace,” FEMA representative Kim Fuller said. “Or if they can't find something on their own, you know, we work hand in hand with them.”

Fuller says the organization will continue to work with families to transition out of their Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) in the meantime.

“We've offered individuals the opportunity to buy their current MHU, and those in counties that are building the higher ground communities, they also have the option to purchase a housing unit in one of those properties,” Fuller said.

FEMA says those still in temporary housing can work with their disaster case manager if any issues arise. They can also reach out to recovery groups and volunteer agencies for assistance finding permanent housing.

Survivors can also reach out to their disaster case manager or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 for more information.

Shepherd joined WEKU in June 2023 as a staff reporter. He most recently worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as General Assignment Reporter. In that role, he collected interviews and captured photos in the northern region of West Virginia. Shepherd holds a master’s degree in Digital Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s in music from West Virginia University.
WEKU depends on support from those who view and listen to our content. There's no paywall here. Please support WEKU with your donation.
Related Content