Gov. Barbour to announce new long-term housing project Sunday

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour will announce new long-term housing projects for the Gulf Coast this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Marsha Barbour Community Center in Delisle.

Both projects, geared toward bringing disadvantaged people into the workforce, will be funded as part of a $350 million Long-Term Workforce Housing Program. The program is part of a multi-faceted $5 billion federal recovery package secured by Gov. Barbour and administered by the Mississippi Development Authority's Disaster Recovery Division.

The First Couple also will participate in a memorial event commemorating the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina from 3-5 p.m. Sunday on 15th Street in downtown Gulfport, between City Hall and the First United Methodist Church.

The program will feature U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and musicians Paul Overstreet, the Williams Brothers, St. Rose de Lima Choir and the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Civic Chorale.

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