The Sun Herald, 5/7/8

Three Gulf Coast senators are pushing legislation to aid thousands of disabled or elderly residents who remain uprooted nearly three years after they were left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, calls for $204 million in federal assistance to build or repair housing for seniors and disabled residents.

Titled the Gulf Coast Multifamily and Assisted Housing Recovery Act, the legislation seeks to overcome what Landrieu described as a “desperate shortage” of housing for elderly and disabled hurricane survivors.