Saturday, January 24, 2009

WAVELAND RESIDENTS SUE OVER MEMA COTTAGES

To read the lawsuit in full just click LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF WAVELAND

Here is part of the lawsuit:

FACTS

14. Plaintiffs are a group of Mississippi residents still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina (the “Storm”). After losing their homes in the Storm, they were forced to seek temporary housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and received temporary “FEMA trailers” in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 and 2008, after living in FEMA trailers for months or years, Plaintiffs each received a temporary modular home, also known as a
“Mississippi Cottage,” from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (“MEMA”).
. . . Because MEMA operates pursuant to a Congressional grant, it must either sell Plaintiffs their homes or begin removing the homes from Plaintiffs’ land as early as February 1, 2009, the day after Plaintiffs’ leases expire.

20. The Cottages were designed by teams of professional architects in traditional Gulf Coast style using modern construction methods and materials. They meet permanent housing standards as set forth in the International Residential Code (“IRC”) of 2003, and they also comply with major domestic and international housing codes. . .

21. When attached to a traditional foundation, Cottages are structurally identical to a site-built home and can withstand 150 mile per hour winds.

22. To satisfy local zoning laws in Waveland, Cottage owners needed to apply for building permits so MEMA could install their homes on permanent foundations.

23. When the Plaintiffs each contacted the City of Waveland Planning & Zoning Department to acquire a building permit, they were given the same response: denied.

A note to my special Katrina friend on Oak Blvd. - "you go girl!"
I'm rooting for you all!

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