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Permanent Housing Construction: New home dedication ceremony

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(CNMI-FEMA) — Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall on the CNMI and passed directly over southern Saipan and Tinian, causing widespread damage to homes. Yutu’s trail of destruction left unrecognizable neighborhoods and destroyed dwellings all over the islands.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, is pleased to announce the return of the first newly built, fully concrete home completed under the CNMI-FEMA Permanent Housing Construction (New) program.

The dedication ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 to commemorate the completion of the home. Due to Covid restrictions, participation will be limited to 25 persons. The residents have agreed to the media interaction and a media advisory will be issued with location and details.

The Permanent Housing Construction program is offered in insular areas outside the continental United States where alternative housing resources are unavailable or scarce, where repairs are neither feasible nor cost-effective. The Governor requested the program and FEMA approved and will finance and manage the repair home construction. Applicants have been approved on a case-by-case basis.

In the CNMI, approximately 183 eligible households have elected to participate in the FEMA PHC-New Program, including 13 on Tinian. The 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms are of fully concrete construction and include; water catchment systems, typhoon shutters, generator hook-up and indoor kitchens (with connections to expand outdoors). The homes are built to the 2018 International Building Code Standards for wind resistance (up to 195 mph) and all applicable federal, state, and local building codes.

This home is the first to be completed of the 20 currently under construction in the PHC New program and 59 of the 122 homes in the PHC-Repair program are complete and have been turned over to the owners.


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