As people left homeless by Hurricane Charley began their second week living in makeshift shelters, federal officials pledged Sunday that more substantial temporary housing was on the way.
But it was unclear how much help would be available for storm victims, since officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave conflicting information.
The exact number of homeless people is not known, although the Red Cross in recent days has housed about 1,100 people in the area that stretches from southwest Florida to near Orlando. Thousands of other people are living in damaged homes or with friends or family.
For many of those displaced residents, Sunday was moving day. Shelters that had been open in schools were closed to prepare for the beginning of classes Aug. 30.
FEMA officials said the agency will have about 8,000 travel trailers and mobile homes available to house people who have no other options. An additional 1,500 apartments and homes might be available for rentals to storm victims, the agency said.
About 400 trailers have been brought to the disaster zone and 500 more are en route, said Kenneth O. Burris Jr., the agency's southeast regional director. "We are housing people as we speak," Burris said.
But only about 20 to 25 people have taken up residence in FEMA trailers -- and the agency's public information effort brought confusion.
Local emergency management officials began a news conference Sunday telling people not to call FEMA to get tarps to cover damaged roofs because no tarps were available. Later, Burris said there was not a shortfall and urged people to call.
Within its own ranks, FEMA differed Sunday on whether a trailer park for storm refugees was up and running. FEMA spokesman Dick Gifford told reporters that a park was operating at an undisclosed location with 200 to 300 trailers already there.
But later Burris said there was no such place, only that FEMA had found a trailer park in Charlotte County that was partially built and needed utilities before trailers could be set up. It would be at least a month or two before anyone could live there, he said.
FEMA has given nearly $20 million in housing assistance to the 41,200 families who have sought aid, the agency said. At a FEMA center in Port Charlotte, long lines of people sought aid Sunday. Few were leaving with any idea of what the future might bring.