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Information to help repair and rebuild damaged or destroyed homes

Following Hurricane Charley, two of the homes that were installed for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition suffered minor roof damage that was quickly and inexpensively repaired.

RISMEDIA,  One week before Hurricane Charley slammed into Florida's Gulf Coast, three homeless families in Port Charlotte moved into new manufactured homes, built with the latest technologies to resist storm damage. With the exception of minor roof damage in two of homes caused by falling trees, all three homes survived Charley intact while others homes in the neighborhood were seriously damaged.

Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretaries Dennis Shea and John C.Weicher recently joined representatives from the National Association of Home Builders and the Manufactured Housing Institute to showcase the home at 3405 Douglas Road in Port Charlotte as an example of how advanced building technologies can create safer, more durable and energy efficient housing.

"Today we see the proof that HUD's new construction standards for manufactured housing are creating better and safer homes," said Shea. "Working closely with our industry partners, we can say that properly installed manufactured housing is as safe and storm resistant as any other new home."

"HUD and the building industry learned several lessons after Hurricane Andrew," Weicher said. "Today, HUD's new manufactured building standards are creating homes that are significantly more hurricane resistant, giving families more peace of mind that they can weather any storm."

Following Hurricane Charley, two of the homes that were installed for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition suffered minor roof damage that was quickly and inexpensively repaired. Other homes in the Port Charlotte community experienced much more significant damage and are still shrouded in blue tarps awaiting repairs. We were just so pleased to be able to provide a safe and affordable home for families with children," said the Coalition's Connie Thrasher. "After Charley, we can still say these homes are safe and affordable."

HUD also released new consumer information designed to help homeowners to repair and rebuild their damaged or destroyed homes using the latest advanced building technologies (see attached). In partnership with the housing industry, HUD is working to improve the safety, quality, durability and affordability of manufactured homes through these advanced building technologies. For more information about HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing (PATH) Program.

Following Hurricane Andrew in 1994, HUD developed new construction standards to significantly increase the wind resistance and structural integrity of manufactured homes. Today, these new standards along with new technologies such as "structural insulated panels" and "fiber cement sheathing" are greatly improving the wind and impact resistance of manufactured housing. In addition, HUD's new building standards and the industry's latest innovations are creating energy efficient homes that are also termite resistant.

Meanwhile, HUD continues to study the performance of newly installed manufactured homes in real world conditions. Since Hurricanes Frances, Charley and Ivan, HUD's initial assessment found the newer on-site and manufactured housing preformed quite well. Homes fitted with impact resistant windows, reinforced garage doors and hurricane shutters weathered the recent storms particularly well. In addition, the Department is studying how to better improve the performance of roofs. Over the next few years, HUD will study new roof systems in an effort to make roofing more disaster resistant, durable and energy efficient.

In Urbana, Illinois, a recently constructed insulating concrete form home withstood a 1996 tornado with minimal damage. In the Liberty City area of Miami, several homes built using the shotcrete technique survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In both cases, neighboring homes were destroyed.

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