Citing FEMA Funding, Paradise Disallows RVs on Uncleared Property

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A Red Cross worker surveys the destruction in Paradise. (Photo: Danielle Venton/KQED)

Paradise officials have rescinded an emergency ordinance that allowed property owners to temporarily live in trailers or RVs on their burned-out land. The move came after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warned that the town risked losing $1.7 billion in cleanup funds if it allowed people to live on properties with debris or hazardous material. We'll discuss the decision and hear what options people have in a region with a severe housing shortage.

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Sonja Hutson, reporter, KQED News

Michael Jenkins, lives in an RV on uncleared land in Paradise

Ken Higginbotham, Federal Emergency Management Agency, spokesperson

Melissa Schuster, Paradise town council member; lives in an RV on her burned-out property