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Temporary housing coming for some tornado victims

Posted April 29, 2011 5:38 p.m. EDT

— The state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will start providing mobile homes next week for some victims of the April 16 tornadoes who can't find temporary housing.

The mobile and manufactured homes are provided in a small percentage of cases to those in Bertie, Bladen, Harnett, Hertford, Lee and Sampson counties, where the demand for housing is more than the supply of available rental houses and apartments.

Most tornado victims who need housing assistance can use funding provided by FEMA to rent an apartment or house in their community.

The agency has already distributed $2.2 million in rental grants in North Carolina.

Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement Friday that the state will continue working with FEMA and other agencies to help tornado victims.

As of Friday, more than 4,700 people have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance, and approximately 1,100 residents have visited disaster recovery centers.

Individuals can register for disaster assistance with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.