WAPT, 3/26/8

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Tuesday that 2,000 Mississippi families moved out of FEMA trailers and mobile homes and into Mississippi cottages.

“By moving these families into cottages, we’re successfully providing many coastal residents with a more comfortable and certainly safer housing alternative while they work to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina,” Barbour said. “This is a milestone for the state’s ongoing recovery efforts.”

The first Mississippi Cottage unit was occupied on June 21, 2007.

The Mississippi Alternative Housing Program is the result of a $280 million federal grant awarded to Mississippi.