Local, state and federal officials announced the numbers during a press conference held at Cordova High School Wednesday afternoon to discuss the city’s long-term recovery.
“We can’t overlook the progress that is being made,” said Mike Byrne, federal coordinating officer for FEMA.
Byrne said that a resolution passed by the Cordova City Council last week will assist in the city’s recovery by providing partners who can help local officials create a plan for transportation, infrastructure, housing and other needs.
The issue of housing was brought up several times during the press conference.
Byrne said $952,000 has been provided to citizens for housing and approximately 138 individuals and families in the community have received rental assistance.
Byrne said financial assistance as well as local rental resources have been made available to those who lost their homes in the tornadoes.
When asked how many residents were still without housing, Byrne said that he was not aware of any.
“Right now, anyone who has gotten our assistance or has applied for FEMA assistance that we are aware of has a solution,” Byrne said.
The deadline to apply for assistance is June 27.
Later, Byrne said that the agency currently has no requests for the single-wide temporary housing units that have caused controversy in the city for the past several weeks.
“There is no need for them at this point in time in this area,” Byrne said.
Mayor Jack Scott said that many positive things are happening in Cordova, including a Flipping for Families program that is providing some storm survivors rent-free housing for one year. Twelve properties have been identified for the program so far.
Scott also expressed his appreciation for the local and out-of-state volunteers who have helped Cordova in its recovery efforts.
He added that city officials have been working with state and federal relief agencies to provide solutions to local residents affected by the storm that also protect the long-range plan for the community.
“We’re doing everything we can. We’re strong, and I’m proud of Cordova,” Scott said.