How can Mississippians receive rental assistance to avoid eviction?

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The federal government allotted Mississippi $18 million through the Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 to prevent homelessness during the pandemic. In Mississippi, the program is called the Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program (RAMP).

In an earlier relief package, the federal government offered states almost $3 billion in rental assistance grants to cover the gaps for people who found themselves unable to afford rent due to the pandemic. Mississippi initially received $8 million — which it began administering through three housing programs in northern, central and southern regions of the state in late June — and then another $10 million.

But it will take at least $100 million to meet the enormous need across the state, researchers estimate.

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View the map below to see where renter assistance is available through RAMP: