The Clarion-Ledger, 2/25/9

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending its Disaster Housing Assistance Program that was set to end next month until June 1, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran announced today.

The program is designed to help those living in temporary Hurricane Katrina housing find permanent housing and jobs.

The extension means the 17 nonprofit organizations operating under the program can continue to assist the approximately 2,500 households still in FEMA housing.

“FEMA has made the right decision in extending this deadline,” Cochran said in a news release. “Too many Mississippians who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina remain in temporary disaster housing. With this extension the Disaster Housing Assistance Program will be able to ensure that as many Mississippians as possible are provided with the support they need to move into permanent homes.”