FORT WORTH, Texas – The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 per piece on the supporters of the leases to the victims of disasters, then auction them for pennies on the dollar, after 18 months of use or a sign of minor damage.
That’s not even including utilities, maintenance or labour.
A spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirms to The Associated Press that the disposal of used trailers is a long-standing practice in the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It stayed even with nearly 8000 Texas applicants in anticipation of the federal housing assistance after Hurricane Harvey landed in the Gulf Coast.
FEMA recently stopped trailer sales next to Harvey, but resumed in November. Since then, at least 115 units produced this year was sold for cheap. A lot of the things mentioned as dirty mattresses, pet odors, or loose trim as the only damage.