Over 500 families get temporary shelters

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The government’s temporary shelter program has already provided tents to over 500 families who lost their homes following Super Typhoon Yutu.

As of last Saturday, 586 families were provided tents that would serve as a temporary shelter until their homes are restored, according to Homeland Security Emergency Management Office spokesperson Nadine Deleon Guerrero.

She said more tents under the Temporary Emergency Tent and Roofing Installation Support program are being erected.

Individuals who lost their homes through Yutu who are interested in applying for the program are encouraged to sign up before Dec. 8.

The newly created Temporary Emergency Tent and Roofing Installation Support program, or TETRIS, is prioritizing homes that sustained major damage or were completely leveled by Super Typhoon Yutu.

The TETRIS program, which is a collaboration between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the CNMI government, aims to help storm-impacted residents returning to or remaining in their homes while permanent repairs are being completed.

According to Deleon Guerrero, assessments are still underway and homes that were completely damage or sustained major damage are being prioritized.

With the huge demand for tents, individuals who are in dire need of temporary homes will be prioritized.

There is still no numbers on the roofing program under TETRIS. The deadline to apply for the roofing program is also Dec. 8.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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