FEMA unveils new transitional program for wildfire survivors

TALENT, Ore. – Many wildfire survivors are getting the option to buy the FEMA trailer they’re calling home. This program is something FEMA said has never been done before within their agency.
FEMA’s new Sale and Donation Program helps transition people from temporary to permanent housing.

Out of the 156 units here in Southern Oregon, 85 of those families have already accepted FEMA’s offer. Thirty-one of those units tell the agency they’re interested.

“Because there’s such a shortage of housing in Southern Oregon, we have to come up with different ways to help the community in the best way we can,” said Paul Corah from FEMA.

FEMA told NBC5 News survivors are getting a reduced rate for the trailer. The agency said wildfire survivors have until march to find permanent housing unless the state applies for an extension.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]