An Assessment of Damage to Manufactured Homes Caused by Hurricane Charley
In August of 2004, the Southwestern Gulf Coast of Florida was struck by Hurricane Charley, with a maximum over-land wind speed of approximately 110 mph (sustained); somewhat less in highly developed areas of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and surrounding communities. Damage was severe, resulting in widespread power outage, debilitation of emergency services, loss of life, and large economic losses. The affected region and communities have a relatively large population of manufactured housing units that serve a wide range of affordable housing needs. Because of the importance of manufactured housing and its safe regulation in hurricane-prone regions of the United States, HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs commissioned this study to assess the damage to manufactured homes. The study follows an objective damage assessment methodology, making statistical analysis of a representative sample of manufactured homes and their performance in Hurricane Charley possible. Statistical findings of this report are also supplemented with important damage observations that are more anecdotal in nature.