NJ storm victims headed soon to mobile homes

Storm-displaced NJ families could be in mobile homes by next week; temp housing expanded

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Some New Jersey families displaced by Superstorm Sandy could be living in federal government-supplied mobile homes as early as next week.

Forty units — all one- and two-bedroom — are being temporarily kept at Six Flags Great Adventure in Ocean County. Ten three-bedroom mobile homes are also headed to the state.

State and federal officials say commercial mobile home parks where they can be placed have been identified. Now they are trying to match families with the units so they can pick the most convenient locations.

New Jersey is also working to greatly expand housing options at the former Fort Monmouth Army post.

The state says it also plans to increase to 175 — up from 45 — the number of temporary, rent-free units available at Fort Monmouth. It also wants about 375 units of permanent housing established there for lease or sale.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also said Tuesday that hotel and motel stays for those displaced by the storm would be extended another two weeks through the night of Dec. 26. The agency is also considering the state's request to extend the voucher program for another two weeks.

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