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Lahaina wildfire survivors camp in tents after temporary housing measures end | The post-millennial

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Survivors of the Lahaina wildfires are sleeping in tents after being evicted from temporary housing. They say they are “offended” by the lack of help from the US government.

The majority of people living in tents along the beach lost everything they owned during the Lahaina wildfire on August 8, 2023, the most devastating natural disaster in Hawaii’s history, which destroyed the town of Maui and killed at least 101 people. came to life.

Residents affected by the bushfires were offered temporary shelter in hotels shortly after the disaster, but many of those arrangements have now expired.

Despite FEMA’s offer to rent properties to fire victims at three times the current rate, the majority of landlords have been turned down, favoring short-term profits over long-term tenants, the Daily Mail reports.

Images from the Daily Mail show tents set up along Kaanapali Beach, one of Maui’s most popular beaches. Tents have also been set up along the three-mile stretch of road between Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina. In addition, tent camps have formed in Hanakao’o Park and Wahikuli Park.

Those living in tents told the outlet that little is being done to help them find rental housing, and said they have been “offended” by FEMA offering families money to move elsewhere, such as to other parts of the Hawaiian Islands and even to the continental US.

This has led Maui residents to petition to force Hawaii Governor Josh Green and Lahaiana Mayor Richard Bissen to use emergency powers to take control of Airbnbs and convert them into long-term rentals for victims of fires.

The petition also calls for renter protections and mortgage deferrals for people whose homes burned down but who still owe mortgage payments, the newspaper said.

Kailani, a wildfire victim who lives in a tent in the parking lot of Hanakao’o Park, told the Dail Mail that she begged Mayor Bissen for help and called on Governor Green to personally witness the battle, but claimed her attempts for help were unsuccessful.

Maui locals have chastised the Biden administration for failing to provide financial support while giving billions of dollars to foreign countries; tax money that victims of wildfires say are desperately needed.