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More than 300 temporary housing units still occupied

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued a summary of Mississippi housing recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005, through Dec. 1, 2009:

As of Dec. 1, 342 temporary housing units are still occupied in Mississippi – an 88 percent decrease from the 2,808 units occupied Jan. 1.

More than 2,800 Mississippi families moved from FEMA temporary housing to Mississippi Cottages. About 1,300 cottages are currently occupied. The Mississippi Cottages were developed through the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program, which is administered by MEMA and funded by a $280-million federal grant. The temporary housing portion of the program ended Jan. 31. The

program is in the process of converting units for permanent use to residents who remain in need.

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