Helping House Oregonians – Task Force and FEMA partner to house more than 100 families
The path to recovery and rebuilding from the 2020 Oregon Labor Day Wildfires advances as federal, state and local agencies continue to partner toward a common goal; getting wildfire survivors back into safe and stable living arrangements. The Oregon Debris Management Task Force, in partnership with FEMA and Jackson County have identified two mobile home parks in Jackson County to participate in FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Mission. This means that the properties will be cleared of ash and debris, rebuilt with new utilities and fitted with transportable temporary housing units to house survivors in the region.
The two participating sites, Talent Mobile Estates in Talent and Rogue Valley Mobile Village in Medford will provide temporary, stable housing to nearly 100 families.
This housing mission aims to address the shortage of available housing in the County and provide a bridge to people as they continue to develop a long-term housing strategy. Additional direct housing sites are being identified throughout the state to further advance this mission.
Debris removal is also underway and rapidly expanding in other parts of Jackson County.
More than 650 home lots are at some level of cleanup and recovery and the operation has now mobilized into seven mobile home parks throughout the Rogue Valley.
These include: Talent Mobile Estates; Rogue Valley Mobile Village; Bear Lake Estates (Phoenix); Mountain View Estates (Talent); Bear Creek Mobile Home Park (Ashland); Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park (Medford); and Royal Oaks Mobile Manor (Medford). Each new location cleared for cleanup helps pave the way for rebuilding and assists to relieve the housing shortage in the region.
Track our recovery progress along the way at wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup and follow the latest developments at debriscleanupnews.com/updates.
Together we will rebuild.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Talent Mobile Estates and Rogue Valley Mobile Village would provide housing to 137 families. The actual number is closer to 100 pending layout design of the parks. 3/9/21