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Trailer Delivery For Handicapped Man

"I just needed something where I could turn in my wheel chair. And I could get around in my wheelchair," said Eddie Thomas.

Katrina destroyed his Pass Christian apartment.

Forcing him to move into the Community Living Center in Biloxi.

For Thomas, who is disabled, the road to finally receiving his FEMA trailer was a long one.

But after working through a few formalities.

Thomas got the keys to his new home Saturday morning.

"Everybody else is independent. I want to be independent. Even though I got these gone and these gone I can still do things for myself. I feel good knowing that I can move in anytime I get ready now," said Thomas.

FEMA representative Gene Romano says the process to get this trailer was lengthy for various reasons.

"Why it took so long? Unfortunately Mr. Thomas was in the hospital for a little while we were trying to contact him. It was just a case of making that connection with him," said Romano.

For the many families still waiting for trailers Romano offers this advice.

"We know that their are a number of families still waiting for trailer's we appreciate their understanding please stay in touch with us so we have the most updated information. Please understand that everyone that is eligible for temporary housing will receive that help from FEMA," said Romano.

Help that's better late than never for Thomas who, despite his physical limitations, says he's just happy to have a place to call home.

"Oh I am as happy as I don't know what. Now I get to stay in my own place," said Thomas.

Their are currently more than 95 thousand people living in FEMA trailers.

According to Romano about 14 hundred handicap trailers and mobile homes have been assigned as part of FEMA's overall temporary housing program.

By Keitha Nelson

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