FEMA supplying permanent homes to Pine Ridge Reservation
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Gazing out his living room window at the rolling, wind-swept hills of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Marvin Goings gestured to his dining room table in his front yard.
A few minutes earlier, Goings had sat at that table and accepted the keys to his new home, a permanent manufactured housing unit installed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is the first of more than 200 to be erected on the reservation between now and spring 2016.
Goings' household was one of 1,900 on the reservation to apply for aid through FEMA's permanent housing program, which was instituted after a massive flood in the spring. About 1,500 of the applications were denied.