Mobile home residents may not be eligible for FEMA assistance

Wynton Yates talks to mobile home residents who aren't getting help from FEMA.

ST. AMANT, La. – FEMA officials announced Monday flood victims who live in mobile homes would be looked at on a case-by-case basis for federal assistance, instead of being automatically denied.

Thousands of people hoping to participate in the FEMA Shelter at Home program got a surprise when they went to apply for assistance.

They were told since they lived in mobile homes they didn't qualify for any federal funding for repairs.

Every time Farell Cunningham walks in his house, he has to wear a mask.

Mold has spread through his home so much it makes him nearly hyperventilate

"Our kids wouldn’t let us come home because they didn’t want us to get too emotional about it," Cunningham said.

Now, their home is left with gaping holes from where volunteers tried to gut as much as they could. Still, they may not get the help they need to fix their home because they live in a trailer.

Shelter at Home is one of the state’s most prominent programs to help flood victims do basic repairs on their home, like dry wall, gutting, and bathroom repairs. However, the program excludes mobile homes.

"It’s our home, it’s what we purchased and bought to live in,” said Cunningham. “It's a home"

Shelter at Home is a $400 million state program that could provide homeowners up to $15,000 to help get people back in their homes, but for now, the Cunningham's are stuck in a small trailer on the side of the home they love.

All they can do is wait and see.

(© 2016 WWL)


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