Tanya, her husband Joe and their four children have been living in FEMA trailers for more than a year. Joe and Larry, their 16-year-old son, sleep in one trailer, while Tanya and the three youngest children share a double bed in a neighboring trailer. "When we came back in July, we really expected to be in our home by October of ," Tanya says. "And we're still here."
Some days, Tanya says a terrible smell fills their cramped living quarters. "When you flush the toilet, it smells," she says. "It makes the whole trailer smell."
Ten-year-old Kendell describes the trailer as "mushed and crowded and uncomfortable."
The Lewis-Robertson family was approved for financial assistance to rebuild their home a year ago, but say they still haven't received a dime. Now, Tanya says FEMA is making them move out of their trailers by the end of the month.
Joe works two jobs, seven days a week, but with no money in the bank, they literally have nowhere to go. "I just have to keep plugging away, and plugging away," Joe says. "I can't give up and get tired."