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June 25, 2008




“Without question HUD's final approval of the Long Term Workforce Housing Action plan is a major milestone is Mississippi's Katrina recovery effort.  This program, teamed with our public housing and small rental initiatives, is one part of a $2.7 billion CDBG -sourced housing recovery budget that will directly help build 20,000 to 25,000 low and moderate income housing units for both renters and new homeowners. This is in addition to the direct compensation provided to the more than 20,000 homeowners who have received checks from the CDBG homeowners assistance grants program.


"I've been working with HUD to obtain this final long term workforce housing approval, and frankly a lot of credit goes to Mississippi's Congressional delegation for providing invaluable assistance in that effort, specifically Senators Cochran, Wicker and Representative Taylor. As far as I am concerned, on August 29, 2005, we checked party labels at the door, and since Katrina's final deadly winds subsided, our state's recovery has been a bipartisan effort by the overwhelming majority of Mississippi's elected officials, and I know Mississippi's people expect us to continue our recovery in a spirit of cooperation that puts Mississippi's recovery needs above political agendas."