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FEMA trailer deadline extended, rent waived for May and June

FEMA officials say they granted a six-month extension of the temporary housing program through Oct. 11, 2020. (WJHG/WECP)
FEMA officials say they granted a six-month extension of the temporary housing program through Oct. 11, 2020. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 10, 2020 at 9:11 PM CDT
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The FEMA trailer deadline was supposed to be Saturday, April 11, but officials say that isn't the case anymore.

FEMA officials say they granted a six-month extension of the temporary housing program through October 11, 2020. This applies to Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf and Jackson counties.

Part of the extension agreement was for residents to start paying rent for the trailers. However, the pandemic has led officials to an alternate solution.

"Yesterday, FEMA announced suspension of rent payment for the months of May and June for disaster survivors living in FEMA-provided temporary housing units in the Florida Panhandle," FEMA Assistant External Affairs Officer Melanie Barker released in a statement.

The temporary rent suspension aims to ease the financial burden on disaster survivors due to the effects of the coronavirus.

"The suspension applies to rent only; rent collection is expected to start July 1," Barker also stated.

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