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Daily Real Estate News  |  May 10, 2011  |   Foreclosed Homes Give Shelter to Tornado Victims
Foreclosed homes could be used to provide temporary housing to victims displaced from the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Alabama April 27.

Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan says the government has identified 1,000 foreclosed homes in Alabama that may be used to house storm victims.

Along its nearly six-mile path of destruction in Tuscaloosa, Ala., tornadoes tore apart more than 5,700 homes and buildings, affecting an estimated 13,700 people, government officials say. Many of the 5,000 structures destroyed or badly damaged included rental homes and apartment buildings.

Government agencies yet to have a clear estimate on how many residents were left homeless from the storms in the South.

Donovan says that some storm victims may be housed in rental homes, apartments, or in manufactured housing in rural areas. Nearly $24 million, so far, has been made available in federal grant money to help with storm recovery efforts in Alabama alone.

“If you had said, ‘I want you to drive a quarter- to a half-mile and take out as much lower single-family rental homes as you can,’ I don’t think I could have done a better job than that tornado,” Warner Johnson, a partner at Duckworth Morris Real Estate in charge of the firm’s property management department, told “We went from a housing glut to a housing shortage … in the time that tornado was on the ground.”

Source: “Foreclosed Homes Considered in Ala. Storm Recovery,” Associated Press (May 9, 2011) and “Displaced Residents Have Few Options,” (May 10, 2011)

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