Thompson and Huffman Announce Extension of Direct Housing Assistance for 2017 Fire Survivors
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted an extension for the Direct Temporary Housing Program which provides affordable housing for home owners and renters who had their homes destroyed in the October 2017 fires. Thompson and Huffman wrote to FEMA asking for an extension earlier this month.
“Affordable and available housing was already a problem across our region before the tragic October 2017 fires and the destruction of homes and property has exacerbated that shortage. That’s why I wrote to FEMA asking for an extension of the Direct Temporary Housing Program for survivors who lost their homes,” said Thompson. “I’m glad that FEMA has granted this extension so that survivors can continue to get this essential federal resource as they rebuild and transition to permanent housing solutions. I will continue fighting to deliver every federal dollar and resource throughout our recovery process.”
“I’m glad to see that FEMA acted swiftly to extend this needed housing assistance,” said Huffman. “While this progress on the ground is encouraging, we still have a long way to go to achieve security for our fire survivors. I will keep fighting with my colleagues in Congress for services and funding until full recovery is achieved for our community."
The Direct Temporary Housing Program has been extended for pre-disaster owners to July 10, 2019 and to May 10, 2019 for pre-disaster renters. This extension has been granted to all survivors of the declared disaster for fires that occurred between October 8, 2017 and October 31, 2017.
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he chairs the Subcommittee on Tax Policy. Rep. Thompson is Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is also Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus and a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition.