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Thursday, April 29, 2010

FEMA trailers being used for housing despite contract

Yesterday a congressional committee held a hearing on the GSA sales of more than 100,000 former Katrina FEMA trailers. The GSA witness said the government is barred from selling unsafe or defective equipment. Yet FEMA had tons of evidence from several government studies about the problems with formaldehyde, mold, water leaks, etc. with these trailers. And they dumped them all on the market anyhow, claiming they are protecting people by requiring buyers of the trailers to sign a contract that the trailers will not be use or advertised for housing.

Yet one buyer of 15,000 of the FEMA trailers, Greenlawn Homes based in Ohio, told the Elkhart Truth newspaper that they intend to use the trailers as rental housing.

(http://www.etruth.com/know/news/story.aspx?ID=%20504689): "Some of the units from Hope will be put in Greenlawn's mobile home parks, while others will be retailed, but most will be moved in the wholesale market, Mortrud said."

GSA and FEMA have broken the law by selling unsafe and hazardous trailers that could end up being very hazardous to families who end up living in them even for short periods of time.