journal, NHK, temporary housing

applications for temporary housing

on NHK world, today they covered the start of temporary housing.

“in iwate prefecture, the first temporary housing is being built-the exterior is already complete. these are the the first temporary houses to be built. applications started yesterday. at the jr. high school, now housing 1000, they are accepting applications in the evacuation center on sunday and monday.”

thinking about the u.s. after hurricane katrina, and the hassles and delays faced by residents to try to get a FEMA trailer, this systems seems so much better that it’s not even comparable. for victims staying in the evacuation center, having applications there is so obvious. but nothing like that EVER happened after katrina. of course, having evacuation centers close by plays a role in this.

“in Iwate Prefecture, roads are repaired, and phone lines are being installed.

200,000 people still in shelters. okuma town in fukushima, will relocate as a group to ise waka (??) city, 60 km away.

asano kato, a designer, created a project in fukushima city, where 140 children in a evacuation center,to have them create a vision for a rebuilt town, by making cardboard town model. kids enjoy it, and it encourages parents too.”


About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.


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