FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 12, 2005

GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF FEMA LODGING PROGRAM TO JANUARY 7, 2006

(Jackson, Miss)—Governor Haley Barbour announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted Mississippi’s request for extending its short-term lodging program for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The new deadline for the hotel and motel program has been moved from Dec. 15, 2005, to Jan. 7, 2006.

Mississippi, one of 10 states with the highest concentration of evacuees in hotel and motel rooms, received the deadline extension to help displaced individuals find longer-term housing. Currently, hurricane evacuees occupy about 2,400 hotel rooms in Mississippi.

“I am pleased that FEMA has taken this necessary action,” Governor Barbour said. “It will at least help get some families displaced by Katrina through the holidays as we aggressively seek permanent housing solutions.”

Nick Russo, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery operation in Mississippi, approved the extension after receipt of both a housing placement plan and timeline from Governor Barbour.
“The extent of damage to housing alternatives has presented a unique challenge to Mississippi,” Russo said. “Yet, we are confident the extended deadline will provide the necessary time to help place evacuees here in longer-term housing.”

To date, FEMA’s Community Relations and Human Services Strike Teams have conducted more than 2,400 interviews with displaced individuals and families to assist them in finding solutions to meet their long-term housing needs. The Strike Teams continue to work throughout Mississippi to contact all hurricane evacuees in hotels and motels before the new deadline.

 

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741