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Mississippi ends the federal rental assistance program initiated during COVID

Added 08-15-22 11:17:02am EST - “Starting on Tuesday, Mississippi will no longer accept rental assistance program applications. On August 3, Governor Tate Reeves announced that the two-year program would be coming to an end. Reeves explained that the assistance disincentivized…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Mississippi ends the federal rental assistance program initiated during COVID”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Starting on Tuesday, Mississippi will no longer accept rental assistance program applications. On August 3, Governor Tate Reeves announced that the two-year program would be coming to an end. Reeves explained that the assistance disincentivized Mississippians to return to work.

Any claims submitted by Monday will be reviewed for aid. After that, the remaining federal funds will be returned to the U.S. Treasury. Mississippi has approximately $130 million left over from the program, but it still has thousands of applications to process.

Reeves stated, "The experimental socialist programs being pushed from Washington are not caring; they are cruel. They trap Mississippians in a cycle of dependency, like a loan shark or a bookie offering free cash and never mentioning the downside."

During the briefing, Reeves reported that the state had received over 86,000 applications throughout the life of the program. He noted that over 36,000 of those applications had been approved and over $200 million in aid had been distributed.

The Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program was initially passed in 2020 to provide up to 15 months of rental assistance for residents. The first Emergency Rental Assistance program required tenants to prove that they were at an economic disadvantage as a direct result of COVID. The Biden administration removed that requirement in ERA2.

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