- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has activated the state’s Temporary Disaster Housing Assistance Program.

Gov. Phil Bryant says in a news release he took action after President Barack Obama denied Mississippi’s request for FEMA assistance to victims of the Dec. 23 tornadoes in Jones and Marion counties.

Bryant says the rental assistance provided by the state program will help put Mississippians into secure housing in the short-term as they recover and rebuild.

The program will provide eligible homeowners up to 90 days of rental assistance reimbursement and eligible renters up to 30 days of assistance.

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