Thousands Displaced By Ala. Twisters

Tuscaloosa, AL – Thousands of people still lack permanent homes in Alabama, a year after a swarm of killer tornadoes pummeled the state.

The government says about 3,200 homeowners statewide are either receiving rental assistance or living in mobile homes provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The head of the state emergency management agency, Art Faulkner, says that number doesn't include people who were renting homes before the twisters. He says officials aren't sure how many displaced renters still might lack permanent housing.

Still, Faulkner says the state's housing situation is better than he anticipated it would be immediately after the tornadoes.

About 23,500 homes were damaged or destroyed by the storms statewide last April 27.

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