Mississippi Katrina Aid Tops $1 Billion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federal and state aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi has topped $1 billion.

The amount includes the costs of emergency and financial assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained storm damages.

As of Tuesday, more than 450,000 individuals and families have received a portion of FEMA assistance, which is divided into two categories, housing assistance and other needs assistance.

The total housing assistance disbursed so far is $729 million. It's provided when an applicant's home is destroyed or damaged so badly that it can't be lived in and there's insufficient insurance coverage.

Nearly $273 million has been provided in other needs assistance funds. It's used to help homeowners and renters pay for disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, personal property, funeral costs and transportation.

Over 512,000 Mississippians have registered for assistance with FEMA.

The deadline for individuals and households to file a new application for individual assistance through FEMA is March 11.

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