Diahnn "Shelly" Summers, right, embraces Lori Hogan, who is currently living in a tent in Summers' backyard months after Hurricane Michael hit in Youngstown, Fla, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. "This is the first time I've felt comfortable since the hurricane," said Hogan. "This is home for me and I love it." A small village has popped up in Summers' backyard outside Panama City: Where there once was an empty grassy space, tents now form a circle around a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents are currently home for local residents who are still homeless months after Hurricane Michael screamed ashore with 155-mph winds, flattening, blowing away or rendering uninhabitable thousands of houses. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

'It's pure hell': Hurricane Michael leaves housing crisis

March 04, 2019 - 2:06 am

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in October is still experiencing a housing crisis.

Officials estimate almost three-quarters of the households in Bay County, Florida, were impacted in some way by the storm.

Initial estimates put the number of homeless at 20,000 people. Bay County officials say that 7,800 people are still without their own place to live.

Some residents say trailers given out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been slow to arrive. For others, it has been hard to find an apartment where the rent hasn't been jacked up in a suddenly very tight market.

About three-quarters of the properties damaged in the storm were rental units.

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