HUD sets options for hurricane victims in trailers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration will offer $50 million in new housing vouchers and sell trailers for as little as a dollar in a bid to avoid mass evictions of hurricane victims still living in federally supplied trailers.

A senior administration official with knowledge of the plan spoke on condition of anonymity because the Department of Housing and Urban Development plan wasn't going to be publicly released until later today.

More than 3,300 households affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 remain in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers and mobile homes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

May 1 was the deadline to vacate.

Notices warned residents who remained after last Saturday that the homes could be repossessed.

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