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FEMA Deadline Extended

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Barely six weeks from now, hundreds of families living in temporary housing units provided by FEMA were facing a deadline to be out of those trailers.

But late Friday, FEMA announced it had extended the deadline three months, to September 24th.

That gives people facing people still trying to find permanent housing after the 2011 Mouse River flood more time to find permanent housing.

The federal disaster recovery coordinator with FEMA says a new state law setting up a program for FEMA trailer residents to qualify for loans to buy their trailers has been a big step toward getting people into homes.

Daniel Alexander says it's been particularly difficult to find new housing arrangements for people who were renting before the flood.

But he thinks the new state program and other options will help.

(Daniel Alexander, FEMA Disaster Recovery Coordinator) "We're at a point, I believe, where we're seeing new programs come on line, funding that's being made available, and options for folks from purchasing a temporary housing unit to more housing coming on line in the Minot area. So we really think that this is an opportunity this summer for folks to take advantage of these options and transition out and move on and get into a more permanent housing solution."

Governor Jack Dalrymple had requested a 90-day extension of the June 24th deadline to give residents of FEMA trailers more time to figure out their long-term housing situation.

And FEMA has now granted that extension.

At the peak, nearly 22-hundred families in our area were living in housing provided by FEMA.

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