Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan on August, 2009 and caused one of Taiwan's most severe damages in near a century. An unique housing recovery policy never proposed in Taiwan was enforced by building permanent houses after this disaster. To discover the issues of permanent housing policy enforcement, the living status and problems faced by the residents after they moved into the housing environment, and the influence factors from different types of permanent housing developments, this study has investigated the living patterns of relocating victims from Xinfa Li, Liouguei District, Kaohsiung City after they resided in the permanent houses. This paper is expected to provide as a reference for the government in its future recovery actions by discussing policy effectiveness from the observations of relocating residents' living status.

Results from this research indicate that victims relocating to permanent houses tends to return to their original community, or to choose a "migratory" living style. The permanent houses, neither distant from or near to the their original community, were not to become victims' primary residences. After further investigating the reasons behind this phenomena, this study has summarized and concluded with following findings: 1. the process of site selection without considering the residents' livelihood support capability; 2. the failures of measures proposed by government and NGOs resulting in the separating environments of "livelihood" and "living", discouraging relocating victims to stay at their permanent housing sites; 3. ineffectively enforcing of land-use regulations in typhoon-stricken areas becoming the attractiveness and incentives for relocating victims going back to live and farm at their original community, thus ultimately resulting in the failure of permanent housing policy's relocating function.