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April 22, 2021
Nebraska News
Nebraska News
FEMA doles out alternative housing aid to Mississippi; Landrieu objects
(2007-04-10)
(wrkf) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency released 275 (m) million dollars for alternative housing to Mississippi, despite a request by U-S Senator Mary Landrieu to hold onto the money until a May hearing about the fairness of the spending.

Adam Sharp, a spokesman for Landrieu, says the hearing will go on in May as planned, but doubted it would lead to any changes in the allocation.

The program seeks to test alternatives for the traditional travel trailers and mobile homes that FEMA uses to meet emergency housing needs after disasters.

Mississippi is the first state to get money from the alternative housing pilot program since federal officials announced preliminary award amounts in December. But Landrieu and other Louisiana politicians have complained about the grant allocation, saying FEMA should have considered housing needs in states affected by the 2005 hurricanes.

More than 200-thousand Louisiana homes were heavily damaged or destroyed by the storms, while Mississippi lost about sixty-thousand homes.
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