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DeFazio Pushes FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor to Support Direct Housing Mission in Lane County

Nov 6, 2020
Press Release

More than a month after the State of Oregon requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approve a Direct Housing Mission in Lane County, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor pushing FEMA to approve the state’s request following September’s devastating wildfires.  

579 housing units were lost in September’s Holiday Farm Fire, and impacted Lane County residents are still awaiting stable housing arrangements.  

In the letter, DeFazio wrote, “The holiday season is now upon us with Thanksgiving fewer than three weeks away and the return to normalcy feels further away now than it did a month ago. FEMA has been able to approve temporary housing missions in three counties so far with no action in Lane County. It is beyond time for FEMA to approve the State’s request for a temporary housing mission in Lane County.” 

In October, the Oregon delegation wrote to the FEMA Administrator urging support for a Direct Housing Mission in Lane County. While FEMA has approved similar missions in Jackson, Linn and Marion Counties, the request for Lane County is still pending. A Direct Housing Mission allows FEMA to procure housing options including mobile homes and trailers for disaster survivors who have been displaced as a result of a major disaster.  

For a PDF version of the letter, click here.